From my earliest memories I’ve been a Chicago Bears fan. There have been a few really good years and a lot of tough years for the franchise. This year we are struggling. But all fans can relax. Some Chicago Bears fans have a solution: lose the remaining games on purpose.
Jaw. Dropped. On. Floor.
Can you tell I disagree with this philosophy? Really? The way to become a winning team is to lose games on purpose? Of course, the thinking is that by losing the remaining games we will have a chance of getting a higher draft pick. Losers move up in the draft pecking order. But, let’s be honest here. Rarely do first round draft picks single handedly turn a franchise around.
Does it trouble you to adopt a strategy that says “let’s lose today so we MIGHT have a better chance of winning tomorrow?” I wonder how many times George Halas spun around in his grave when he first heard that idea? Better yet, living legend Dick Butkus, please tell us what you think of that idea?
Here’s what really has me riled up. I am wondering if this “losing today to maybe win tomorrow” philosophy transcends the arena of football and has kept into into the lives of some people?
Do some people fail to work hard to succeed knowing in the back of their mind that they will be rewarded by some sort of handout?
How many unemployed people do you know who are drawing plenty of money to survive but are not really looking for a job because they would really need to work for their money?
And what about the people who wrack up a huge debt and happily file bankruptcy?
Here’s what I think. I think it is a very bad strategy to purposely be a loser today in the hopes that you might be a winner tomorrow. There is nothing positive about living by a “losing to win” mentality.
This line of thinking is causing me to examine my own life. Do I slack in any way knowing that someone will come along and bail me out? Am I OK with under achieving so that someone can have pity on me and give me a handout? Or am I living my life all out? Am I doing the best I can in spite of my faults and failures?
Let’s all decide we are going to play to win. And if circumstances work against us, we will still play to win. In the event of failure, let’s still play to win. Play to win. Every moment let’s play to win.
What do you think?