Dear Vince: please clarify

Delegating self-assessment to others <> personal pipe ownership.

Printed on a miniature football given out by clickbooth at AdTech this year:
We will be judged by only one thing -- the result.
Vince Lombardi
Unlike so many effective online ads, this quotation was not contextual; I've no idea when or where Vince said this. Perhaps it was in opposition to "It's how you play the game."

But if he's talking about a life well-lived, let me just say:
  • Who is doing the judging?
  • What are the metrics upon which 'the result' is based?
  • Who are we?
Me? I'm more on the Cervantes tip -- "The road is always better than the inn." Which is not to say that I would agree with, "The loss is better than the win." But there are lessons to be learned about life and about self that cannot be found in a stream of blue ribbons.

Considering this, perhaps I could agree with ole Vince if the result were that which we have learned from any given experience.

Somehow, I don't think that's what he had in mind.

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1 comment:

nycbabylon said...

Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.
Johnny Carson