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Are you a winner or a whiner?

I'm met Jon Gordon, international best selling author and speaker today (by phone), and I must say I was impressed.  The guy is a total winner in life and in business.  He just finished his most recent book "No Complaining Rule" and he got me thinking about whether or not people perceived me as a "Winner" or a "Whiner". 

Life isn't alway rosy and sometimes my dreams don't come true as fast as I like them to.  I get frustrated and discouraged but I hope it doesn't come through to others as such.  I know from my own experience that whining hasn't never helped me be more, do more or have more success in life. 

I don't want to be a whiner or a complainer because they take the joy out of life.  I remember being on a whitewater rafting trip in Bend, Oregon with my father and I distinctively remember when we got on the hippie styled bus to head up to the top of the mountain there was a sticker in clear view "NO WHINING".  The precendent had been set.  They would not let anyone ruin the trip for others!

To make a long story short, we got to the top of the mountain where we were to "put in" the raft and it was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and it was about 80 degrees or so.  As they got the raft in the water I noticed the 4 others who were joining us for the ride were putting on wet-suits.  I thought what a bunch a sissies they were.  What they couldn't handle a little water on them?  My dad and I got into the boat (yes the front of course) and pushed in.  It was an absolute blast (for the first sixty seconds or so) until we had a title wave of freezing water come over the front of the boat and drench us completely.  It was right about then that we went out of the sun and into the valley that the river flowed through.  The temperature dropped to about 60 degrees and the ice water continued to drench us for the next 4 hours.

Yes.  I was tempted to whine and complain but I don't think I ever did because of the little sign that was on the bus.  I knew I had nothing to say because of it.  I've renewed my vow today after talking to Jon to not be whiner or complainer regardless of the circumstances.  I hope you watch the funny video below and join me in renewing your own vow to be a winner and not a whiner/complainer in life.  If you do I'm confident you will succeed at whatever you put your hands to.

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