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I’m sure we all know the “run it back” guy. You know the guy who keeps asking for a rematch after multiple defeats. Be it a simple game of 2K or any other competition, he just won’t rest until he’s won. I’m that guy. The sore loser.

With that being said, there are two types of “run it back” guys. The one who has learned nothing from the previous loss and in a blind showing of bravado and pride rushes right back into round two and subsequently another loss.

Then there is the other kind. Let’s use basketball as an example. This guy was just beat pretty badly the in the last game he played against his opponent.  But instead of rushing right back into another beat down. He assessed why he lost. He realized he couldn’t control his dribble which led to turnovers. He recognized that his opponent wouldn’t guard him close because his jump shot wasn’t consistent. So that’s what he worked on and improved before the rematch. This time when his opponent tried to steal the ball he blew past him for easy points and when his opponent played off he made him pay by making his jump shots.

A wise man once said, “Accept what you can’t change and change what you find unacceptable.” I know I will never be 6 ft tall; I accept that. I couldn’t make a jump shot. That’s unacceptable, I changed that. I can’t accept being a loser. Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.

I hate the word “never”; never is infinite, and 9 times out of 10 what’s ailing you is not infinite unless you accept it as such. You’re not good enough YET. You can’t beat this problem AT THE MOMENT. Where there is a problem there is a solution. My refusal to accept a mediocre existence has propelled me in athletics as well as in my career aspirations. If you beat me once I can guarantee if you beat me again it will not be the same fashion you bested me the first time.

Now this ultra-competitive way of living has also gotten me in trouble. The casino is a house of games that are stacked heavily in the houses favor but if you beat the odds you could win tons of money. Being the competitor I am, I frequently took the challenge. Learning how to count cards and attempting to control the dice cost me money. At first I assumed it was the glitz and glamour of having a healthy bank account was the reason I kept going back but it wasn’t.

After picking up a good job that provides the healthy bank account I thought I was aspiring for I kept going back anyway. Then it dawned on me. It was never the money. It was the win I was looking for. I just could not accept the fact that the house, more times than not, got the best of me. Needless to say, I have since then moved that venture from the “change what I cannot accept” list to the “accept what I cannot change” for the sake of my financial security. All things considered, my “run-back it” style of living has done far more good than bad.

My name is Walter Watson, I’m a sore loser, and I’m not apologizing for it.

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