You have to lose in order to win


Christian school Santa MonicaOur first game was against a C-team. We won 2-0. Our kids didn’t learn anything from the win.

But when we started playing B- and A-teams, we lost 0-8. Then the kids realized they didn’t know squat about soccer and would need to really learn. We have lost every league game (the win was a scrimmage) — except yesterday.

In the last game of the regular season, we tied 2-2. Now the kids are learning how to play.

Losses are valuable. You tend to learn more from a loss — if you don’t cast yourself in the pit of self-pity. A lot of people learn nothing from a win — in the self-congratulation there is no self-study, no refining, no fixing.

If you are currently losing, rejoice. Study, work and improve. The win is ahead. You can’t get to win except by losses.

I’m proud of the progress of my co-ed team (playing against all boys teams) at Lighthouse Church School in Santa Monica.

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8 responses to “You have to lose in order to win

  1. So true. The failures I’ve had over the years certainly propelled me to figure out how to succeed – and I’m still working on it!

  2. Great post! I fear in several leagues that political correctness and the desire to make everyone a “winner” excludes the important lessons learned from losing. Thanks for a good morning read on the East coast!

  3. They say you learn more by loosing, maybe that is why I am so smart!

  4. Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing .. All my best wishes to you!~ Aquileana 😀

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