Treasure Island

Shawn Freeman


We Are Winners


The Winner is always part of the answer. The Loser is always part of the problem. The Winner is always has a program; The Loser always has an excuse. The Winner says, ”Let me do it for you; The Loser says; ” That is not my job.” The Winner sees an answer for every problem; The Loser sees a problem for every answer. The Winner says, ” It may be difficult but it is possible”; The Loser says, ”It may be possible but it is too difficult.” When a Winner makes a mistake, he says, ” I was wrong”; When a Loser makes a mistake, he says, ” It wasn’t my fault.” A Winner makes commitments; A Loser makes promises. Winners have dreams; Loser have schemes. Winners say, ” I must do something”; Losers say, ”Something must be done.” Winners are a part of the team; Losers are apart from the team. Winners see the gain; Losers see the pain. Winners see possibilities; Losers see problems. Winners believe in win/win; Losers believe for them to win someone has to lose. Winners see the potential; Losers see the past. Winners are like a thermostat; Losers are like thermometers. Winners choose what they say; Losers say what they choose. Winners use hard arguments but soft words; Losers use soft arguments but hard words. Winners stand firm on values but compromise on petty things; Losers stand firm on petty things but compromise on values. Winners follow the philosophy of empathy: “Don’t do to others what you would, not want them to do to you”; Losers follow the philosophy, “Do it to others before they do it to you.” Winners make it happen; Losers let it happen.

Submitted: Sunday, December 29, 2013
Edited: Monday, December 30, 2013

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This poem streams from a basketball game I once had when i was in high school It was the championship game and I had to make the best speech but I was so nervous but l held my cool and said this poem to my team.

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