What is your meaning of winning?

I have just finished reading “Games Foxes Play” which breaks business down into being seen as a game. First it defines the “Rules of the game” and then spends the rest of the book looking at “Playing the game”. It is written by two South African authors, and I was most impressed with it.

Based on Game Theory, everything we do can be seen as a game. And thus, to every game there are winners and losers. So the ultimate conclusion drawn in the book is “The meaning of winning”, and how we define that, so as to win the “games” we play.

Personally, I have encountered a few arguments between people share differing implications of winning in playing the same game. Some work to get by, some work because it is their interest or passion, while others might work to learn a particular skill they can leverage to their advantage later in life – and so on.

Having thought this through, it makes a lot of sense to me that taking a little while to consider what your personal motivations are for a particular venture, project, or task can not only assist in planning a route to achieve this, but also appreciate the end result even more when you do conquer it.

It only takes a half hour on the freeway each morning to realize that certain of those stuck in the rat race have a very blurred vision of their own meaning of winning. Also, that so many people are playing to society’s or another’s meaning of winning. Here – consumerism springs to mind. Purchasing material goods, just because everyone else is, cant really make you happy, can it?

So my question is open for discussion. What is your “meaning of winning” for something you are currently dedicating your time and effort towards? I hope you have one, and I hope it is worthwhile.

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    Robn
    14/08/2009 at 12:45 pm Permalink

    You’re spot on Murray. In life, as evolution has showed us, there are winners and losers. However, for us sentient beings, there are also different levels of winning. You can choose to be the ruthless business person who doesn’t care about collateral damage in your quest for money and power. Or, you can choose to pursue other ideals along with just enough money and power to satisfy your goals. The former is short-lived while the latter is sustainable. A good point you make though is that you need to consciously think about what end game result you want before you start playing. And I reckon 95% of us don’t do that, we just live in the rat race….

    Keep well :-)

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    Kim Shiel
    28/09/2009 at 4:23 pm Permalink

    Like your comments – am busy talking to these very issues in a coaching environment.
    hope you are having a great day
    k

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    Segun Akiode
    26/11/2011 at 10:57 am Permalink

    Hello Murray, I found your blog on Google as I am preparing to deliver a speech similar to this blog post on “Developing a Winning Strategy”.

    I must add that, reading your post has given me another perspective to the concept of winning from the Game Theory point of view.

    Thanks for sharing. I would sure come back after today to read more of your post. Cheers. :-)

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