In Others’ Words: When Winning isn’t Everything
Patton’s statement is such a fundamental truth, there’s almost nothing to add to it: Don’t fight a battle if you gain nothing by winning.
Another way to say that: Winning isn’t everything … and sometimes winning is nothing, except the ability to boast that you won.
A hollow victory that echoes back at you with no lasting effect whatsoever.
I won, I won, I won …
But it doesn’t make any difference because nothing changed in your life. You didn’t change. You didn’t gain experience.You didn’t gain an ally because an enemy became a friend. You didn’t gain wisdom because you realized you were wrong and asked for forgiveness.
You just … won.
In Your Words: When have you fought a battle, only to realize it was a waste of time? Or walked away from the fight because it wasn’t going to gain you anything worthwhile? When is a fight worth fighting?
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