- It can be hard to see in the moment, but every loss is a catalyst for something new
- A moment of concession is also a chance at redemption for the loser
- The sooner you can figure out why you lost, the sooner you can refocus on what matters
This essay is part of a column called The Wisdom Project by David Allan, editorial director of CNN Health and Wellness. The series is on applying to one's life the wisdom and philosophy found everywhere, from ancient texts to pop culture. You can follow David at @davidgallan. Don't miss another Wisdom Project column; subscribe here.
(CNN)Nobody likes to lose. (Weight or virginity perhaps being the exception.) Whether it's a game of poker, the affections of another or an election, a loss can feel like an embarrassing stain that won't come out. Or like a medical condition we need to quickly treat with a rematch, with a pint of ice cream or by declaring the whole thing rigged.
The act of concession
Losing is learning
Winning and losing are false distinctions
Rise from the ashes
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