What are the Characteristics of a Winner?

Hard Work and Perseverance

There is no substitute for hard work. Every successful athlete, artist or business person will tell you they work as hard or harder than anyone else. We have to put in the time. For instance, I wanted to be a rock star as a young man. I’m a good drummer. Aside from the rare shooting star, do you know how musicians “make it?” Killing themselves for little money every night honing their craft. I chose another line of work eventually. I like to eat. But that’s why I’m not a rock star. Hard work and perseverance.

Gracious Humility

Ego can be a destructive thing. I personally am constantly at battle with my own. I’m proud of the things I’m good at and I sometimes let myself revel in it. Each time I do that—crash and burn. I’m a man of faith, so I’ve learned to take this as God teaching me gracious humility. I’ve come a long way. Good things happen to good people. Gracious humility leads that path.

Rock Solid Integrity

When we cheat the system, we’re going to get caught. It might be right away or it could take decades. Sooner or later, we’re going down. Take Bernie Madoff, for example. He was living really well for a long time. Admired by all in his class. Now he’s in prison. That’s an extreme case but a valuable lesson to us all.

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