In his New York Times Bestseller novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein writes, “There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”
Sometimes it’s difficult to join the “race” when we know of the challenges we’ll face. Self-doubt sets in and we start to question whether we can succeed. There is no debating that life would be easier if we quit. Quitting doesn’t require nearly as much work and sacrifice and pain. At times like these though, we must remember Stein’s quote. We must remember that there is no dishonor in losing. It is more honorable to compete and lose than to never try at all.
I hope you will remember this quote when you face your next challenge. I hope you’ll tackle that challenge head on and with embarrassing bravery. As leaders, it is great for us to model this courage for our teams. When they see us joining the race and competing hard, even when we lose, they’ll be proud to be on our team and they’ll be more willing to join the race themselves.
So race on!
Thanks for reading,
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