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Winning

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You can win the peace, win the future, win the game, win the lottery, or if you’re Charlie Sheen you can just be “A Winner.”

You’ve heard variations on the saying, “Winning isn’t everything…it’s the only thing.”  Motivational, to be sure – but when winning is the only goal, does that make most of us “losers?

Today, we’ll look at how the rhetoric of winning pervades our competition-obsessed society. Author Francesco Duina’s new book “Winning,”  takes a look at the social and psychological effects of success and asks whether winning should really be the ultimate goal.

Mark Fenske, co-author of the new book “The Winner’s Brain,” would argue “no”.  He’ll identify eight “win factors” that are proven to pave the road to success. 

So, what does it mean to be a “winner?” In sports, in business, in education, in life?