Losing to win

The story goes that…

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.”

The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves.

“What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!”

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?”

The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”

There’s a lesson to learn from that street-smarts boy.

To win in life, sometimes you have to be smart enough to lose on purpose in order to win on purpose.

Before you draw a line in the sand and choose a hill to defend, ask yourself, “Is it really so bad to let the other fellow win while I’m pocketing the winnings?”

The ONE THING for today: You can have a big ego or enjoy a big life, but seldom can you have both.

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