October 16, 2002
The game of life allows you to write your own set of rules. That's right. You, and only you, have complete control over your own "rule book". Whether we realize it or not, each of us have authored the rules we currently live by. While these rules for living may not be spelled out in black and white on a written document, they are nonetheless indelibly etched into our subconscious minds and govern our daily behavior. These rules play a big role in determining the kind of person you become, the quality of life you lead and the amount of success you enjoy.
The real winners always play by the right set of rules. Always. These top achievers refuse to give up and refuse to give in. Instead, they always give everything their very best shot every time out. They refuse to cheat, lie or steal their way to the top. They recognize the undeniable facts that cheaters ultimately cheat themselves, liars can never be trusted and thieves are their own biggest victims. A winner's play book is based on playing hard, playing fair and square and last but certainly not least, always playing to win.
Playing by the right set of rules is a way of life for winners. In fact, when winners play to win, they strive to help those around them win as well. They have come to realize that there is more than enough to go around and they take no delight when those around them lose or come up short.
Willie Mays, the Hall of Fame outfielder for the San Francisco Giants once said, "Being good every once in a while is easy. It's being good every day that is a challenge". Winning isn't a sometime, every once in a while thing for winners. No, not by a long shot. God instilled in each of us a desperate need to excel, to answer our call to greatness and to fulfill our date with destiny.
By working together, we can make winning a way of life for every man, woman and child in our country today. After all, winning is easy when you play by the right set of rules.
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