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Do You Hate to Lose More Than You Love to Win?

With the U.S. Open coming to town, it brings to mind past tennis greats.  Jimmy Connors, who won the U.S. Open five times in the 70s and 80s, is famous for the line, “I hate to lose more than I love to win. I hate to see the happiness on their faces when they beat me.”  That’s a terrific career lesson. Hate losing? Be a winner! (Photo: iStockphoto)

What about you?  Do you hate to lose more than you love to win?  Not only in sports, but what about your career? We all want to be successful. We all want to win the interview or earn the promotion. However, do you hate to lose? Or, perhaps trying your best is sufficient. Those who make it to the top in sports, life and in business not only want to win, they absolutely despise losing. To avoid that defeat or failure, they work harder than others around them, they continuously build their skills, and they strategize to find new ways to enhance their performance. Hatred of losing drives one to triumph over competitors.

If you are willing to do your job with proficiency, give a strong effort on a regular basis and work toward greater goals, you will enjoy prosperity and the respect of your employer. If you want to reach the pinnacle in your industry, you have to hate to lose and abhor the idea of mediocrity. That’s not enough for you and you are willing to sacrifice and work until you get to the top. Obviously, this philosophy is not for everyone. Like the U.S. Open, it takes dedication to make it to the top.

Debra Wheatman is a certified writer and career coach who has guided the professional development of thousands of clients globally. She is reachable at

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