It occurs to me that success is primarily self-defined. I came to this conclusion after spending an evening recently with Mike’s son, Sean, who used the phrase “Winning!” over and over again. You may recall that “Winning!” became the trademark phrase of Charlie Sheen during his very public professional meltdown last year.
I personally am not a fan of Charlie Sheen and I found his incessant claim that he was “Winning!” about as annoying as fingernails on a chalkboard. As such, the fact that it was Sean’s favorite phrase for an entire evening was a exercise in patience for me. But I noted during that evening that the very use of a power phrase like “Winning!” when said and believed equals success in the user’s mind. And success perceived – particuarly in interpersonal communication – is success realized.
So Sean was “Winning!” and he believed it – so it was true. I guess I won too because I survived a night of “Winning!” and I learned a valuable lesson. The next time I hear that phrase I will be sure to acknowledge straight away the speaker’s success so they don’t have to say it more than once; and then I’ll quietly think to myself – “Winning!”
Day nine hundred and thirty-five of the new forty – obla di obla da