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Things to Think About #235 - By Pepper de Callier

Things to Think About
By Pepper de Callier


“It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.” John Paul Jones

Scottish born, controversial, well known naval commander, and commonly referred to as the father of the American navy, John Paul Jones appears to have lived his life with this quote in mind.  I like it because it serves as a reminder that there is a big difference between those who play to win, and those who play not to lose. Keep in mind that the “risk” we take maybe just stepping out of our comfort zones to face adversity, or to accept a new challenge.  So, while many choose to stay within the predictable safety of their comfort zones, they will never know the personal sense of pride, fulfillment, and self-confidence that comes from having taken an intelligent risk and “winning”.  Think about this the next time an opportunity arises that makes you feel a bit uncomfortable and decide that this time you are going to play to win.

Good luck on your journey!

About the Author: Founder and Executive Director of Prague Leadership Institute, which was named “Best Corporate Leadership Coach Europe—2015”, by U.K. based Corporate Vision, Pepper de Callier, is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at


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