On Sunday, February 7th, the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers will be battling for the number one position for Super Bowl 50. Millions of people around the world will be watching, placing bets, eating and drinking with friends, enjoying the clever advertising and Beyonce and friends’ halftime entertainment. Then it will be over. One team will win Super Bowl 50. One team will get the rings. One team.
The cameras, the media, the fans will be raving, all focused on the winning team. The winners will be taking sideline interviews, relieved and happy. The losers will disappear into their locker rooms, without a second chance. The winners will get the bonuses, the promotional offers, etc. The losers won’t.
In professional sports not everyone wins, not everyone gets a trophy. There are winners and there are losers. The rules of professional sports teach us a good lesson about life’s reality: not everyone wins. This goes against the current thinking that “everyone should get a trophy for doing a good job.” But, if you take a careful look, “good job” does not win. Life rewards winners, and winning means you have won at something.
For those of you who are considering retiring, what have you accomplished lately? What have you won at? What are you creating for your next gig? Remember, life does not reward losers, only winners. But you have to set yourself up to win. You have to create resources, design a plan and get to work. Only then will you win your next game. The game of your life.