How to Win

Let's talk about winning. There's the conventional kind: the Olympian with the medal around her neck, the kid holding high the spelling bee trophy, the politician giving his victory speech, spouse at his side.

The notion of winning here is having slain the dragon.

But it wasn't always that way. Because "win" comes from an Old English word meaning to labor, toil, fight, strive, struggle.

In other words, winning isn't the outcome. Winning is embarking on the journey, walking on the path. It's not the slain dragon. It's the courageous attempt to slay the dragon. Made all the more courageous, I would add, if there's no evidence to suggest we stand a chance.

We live in a world that values outcomes, endgames, results - this is winning, we are told. And if we want to look at it in a strict and narrow conventional sense of the word, then yes, that's winning.

But if we want to look at it in the original and bold sense of the word, then I would say that anytime we show up to the fight, roll up our sleeves, and engage wholeheartedly in the process, the win is already ours.

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