WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND BEING A WINNER? WINNING IS AN EVENT. BEING A WINNER IS A SPIRIT.
The Olympics is a lifetime event. Lawrence Lemieux stopped racing in an Olympic yacht race to help a fellow competitor who was in trouble. The whole world was watching. His priority of safety and concern for other people’s lives was greater than his desire to win. Even though he did not win the race, he was a winner. He was honored by Kings and Queens all over the world because he kept the spirit of the Olympics alive.
Reuben Gonzales was in the final match of a racquetball tournament playing for the world title. In the final game, at match point, Gonzales played a super shot. The referee and the linesman both confirmed that the shot was good and he was declared the winner. But Gonzales, after a little pause and hesitation, turned back to shake his opponent’s hand and said, “The shot was faulty.” He lost the serve and eventually the match.
Everyone was stunned. Who could imagine that a player with everything in his pocket, would disqualify himself and lose. When asked why he did it, Gonzales replied, “It was the only thing to do in order to maintain my integrity.” He lost the match, yet he was a winner.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. – Michel de Montaigne