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The Agony of Defeat

ABC’s Wide World of Spots had it right years ago when it opened the show with the phrase “The Thrill of Victory, and the Agony of Defeat.”
You see it all through March Madness as one team advances and the other goes home. It’s sad but true: the more time, effort and passion you invest in the process, the more it hurts if you fall short.
Last second-shots, whether they go in or not, leave one side overjoyed and the other one crushed. It really hurts.
But, as Tom Hanks says in “A League of Their Own,” “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”
Yes, the hard is what makes it great, whether it’s an overtime hockey game in the Winter Olympics or the road to an NCAA title.
Winners embrace the hard. They don’t try to avoid it or work around it. They confront the hard every day in practice.
They live their lives preparing for the hard. They eat, sleep and think the way they must. What is your attitude toward the hard?


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