33 Striking Differences Between Winners And Losers – So Which Side Are You On?

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Differences Of Winners and Losers

Successful people are winners in our society. But what are the factors that make them so different from others? I have pondered about this question for a while and I found that there are some striking differences between winners and losers. Winners operate in a totally different frame of mind compared to losers and that is why they always got the results that losers dream of. So read on for the list of 33 differences between winners and losers.

Striking Differences Between Winners and Losers

1Winners focus on solutions.Losers focus on problems.
2Winners take responsibility.Losers blame others.
3Winners find opportunities in crisis.Losers complain about crisis.
4Winners enjoy being in the present and learn from the past.Losers live in the past.
5Winners make commitment and keep them no matter what.Losers make promises that they always break.
6Winners think about how they can achieve.Losers give excuses.
7Winners make personal development a priority.Losers neglect personal development.
8Winners face their fear, accept it and take the leap.Losers dwell in their fear.
9Winners constantly expand their comfort zone.Losers stay in their comfort zone.
10Winners take action consistently.Losers refrain from taking action and lack consistency.
11Winners take failure in their stride and learn from them.Losers fear failure and avoid them at all cost.
12Winners try different strategies when they are not getting the results they want.Losers do the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
13Winners set goals.Losers lack goals.
14Winners plan.Losers hate having a plan.
15Winners believe there are always things to be learn.Losers consider themselves as an expert even though they know little.
16Winners are humble.Losers are egoistic.
17Winners continue to hone their skill every other day without fail.Losers make little effort in honing their skill.
18Winners work hard.Losers avoid work.
19Winners give their best for the things that they decide to do.Losers work half heartedly in everything that they do.
20Winners are persistent and will do whatever it takes (ethical means) to achieve their goal.Losers give up when obstacles pop up.
21Winners manage their time well and indulge in high value activities that will bring them closer to their goals.Losers lack time management skills and indulge in time wasting activities like playing games and watching re runs for the umpteen time.
22Winners dream in the day.Losers dream in bed.
23Winners think about possibilities.Losers focus on obstacles that will stop them from achieving.
24Winners are certain.Losers doubt.
25Winners control their own destiny.Losers leave everything to their fate.
26Winners give more than they take.Losers take more than they give.
27Winners think whether the crowd is going in the right direction. If not, he will walk the other direction.Losers follow the crowd.
28Winners think and lead.Losers refuse to think so they follow.
29Winners listen.Losers fight for every chance to talk.
30Winners always find a better way to do things.Losers stick to one way of doing things.
31Winners spend money in seminars and classes to improve themselves.Losers think that spending money on seminars and classes is a waste of money and they prefer to buy toys that gives them instant gratification.
32Winners help others to win.Losers refuse to help and think only about their own benefit.
33Winners find like minded people like themselves that can bring them to greater height.Losers find like minded people like themselves that will drag them to failure.

Parting Words

Winners and losers are largely differentiated by their way of thinking. It means that if your thinking tend to be nearer to the Losers approach, it is possible for you to shift yourself back to the Winners way of thinking. All you need is to be 100% honest with yourself, admit that some part of your life needs to be change and work on it.

So which side are you on?


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67 Responses to “33 Striking Differences Between Winners And Losers – So Which Side Are You On?”

  1. Manuel says:

    Many of the so call winners, lose in other areas like tolerance, not everybody is even healthy enough to fulfill their potential!

  2. I love the list and how you presented it…Very inspiring..Except for #22 Winners dream in the day…I thought winners have goals not dreams; they work on days and don’t indulge on inconsequential activities…

  3. David says:

    #31? Winners spend money on Seminars? I’ve attended many a seminar that is only trying to get you to buy something. I walked away while the crowd went and followed the seminar leader. Only the seminar leader gains. Classes are great if you go to an accredited institution. I would say that losers attend seminars and people who attend seminars are followers which also falls under #27 and #28.

  4. Adrien says:

    Hardly any of this is striking. It’s very similar to being optimistic of pessimistic. If you focus your energy on a positive and productive life, chances are that is what will happen to you. Unfortunate circumstances do come about from negative outside influences but it is up to you to manipulate those into positive actions in your life.

  5. Mathieu says:

    Just wanted to point out a small error, pending subjectivity. Winners are certain. losers doubt. Doubting is perhaps the best example of critical thinking to utilize on a regular basis. Not to say that it should be the end game for anyone, but doubting at least allows you to think about what you should do to allow yourself the confidence to complete it. You can learn a lot through doubting, and you wont learn much from being certain, unless we are living in an imaginary “fixed” system.

  6. Mike says:

    I love this. While I recognize I’m in both sides here in different areas, I’ve made it a goal to strive to fit all the things on the winner side. Ironically, before EVER seeing this. Self improvement is a priority for me and that’s the best way to do it.

    Great little article thing there, for sure.

  7. Kenneth Appleton says:

    The list puts fourth the overly simplistic but very common view that winning is all about how YOU think and act. The reality is its about how you think and act AND about the environment you live in. Both effect you and that is a fact. Most people don’t like to think about that because they consider it negative thinking but in fact its the positive way to think. When we realize our environment does effect our success and failure in life then we can act to change it so it helps us more and hinders us less.

  8. happymaker says:

    Vincent this is great. You are so right on. Thank you for putting to so good.

  9. Shawn says:

    er, that would be “when we WIN” 🙂
    .-= Shawn´s last blog ..Championship Trait – Digging for Gold, Focused on Strength =-.

  10. Shawn says:

    great article contrasting the winning mindset against the losing mindset. This is exactly the sort of thing that we’re exploring with our new site: mindOfChampions.com.

    I like your simple side by side list comparison of what we do when we when and what we do when we lose. Our choice each day then becomes working on staying on that left side, in the winning mindset and making those championship choices where actions produce our intended results.

    Good stuff. All the best,

  11. Great post. Unfortunately, many people refuse to ever accept the wake up call they get. I like this one lol

  12. Steve says:

    Great list, my only problem is with number 31. Spending money on classes and seminars can be a good way to self improvement but they have to be the right kind of class. Many people go to seminars to be told what to do, how to eat right, how to act right, etc. and while the information might be good a winner must pick and choose which advice to incorporate otherwise they become losers by following blindly.

  13. Julie says:

    Vincent. I enjoyed reading this list because I love lists. Somehow it groups information into swallowable chunks.

    Personal growth and success take dedication and a daily commitment. If you love your what you do, all the better. I DO believe life is a constant garden that needs nutrients, water and pruning.

    .-= Julie´s last blog ..How to turn your end of semester blues into rainbows. =-.

  14. Wolfie Rankin says:

    I dream Day and Night, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing… but I can control the dreams I have in the day, if only I could control the ones at night… it has happened a few times 🙂

  15. omar says:

    i have to be honest…..i have had looser mentality for a long time……but for few weeks now i have been slowly gearing toward winners circle…..i read the winner column twice and i am willing to try my hardest to stay in a positive frame of mind God willing. i also read your free book “unleash your maximum potential” and already i feel focused. with that being said i am going to bed getting some rest so that i can start the day with crisp energy and hit the ground running…..i sent you request on facebook, God bless you for creating your humble website and selfless service 🙂

  16. randomnut says:

    I disagree with “Winners are humble”.

  17. Interesting list, even though I know a few “successful” individuals who deeply indulge in the “loser” characteristics.

    However, the broad characterization of “games” as a “waste of time” surprised me, even though I would guess that you mean “excessive time spent on brainless computer games”. Sure, games can be waste of time. But I would not call the last board game that I played with my son a waste of time: he learned the importance of judging a situation, to make committing decisions about it; he now knows better the importance of envisioning opposite hypotheses and honestly thinking about their consequences, and he learned how to lose while still enjoying the challenge and the fight.

  18. Jeff says:

    Point 27 is a great winner or loser indicator.

  19. Botox says:

    This is motivating and so true! I just hope none of these become cliches. Thank you!

  20. Mack says:

    I’m not really a fan of point 31 because you can improve yourself without spending money on seminars and classes. For example taking free online classes or just reading books. I just feel it should be worded differently, because the time part is definitely correct. Maybe I’m just angry because I’m leaning strongly towards the losers side hahahaha

  21. stefan elias says:

    (Winners are certain, Losers doubt) < not sure i agree, having doudts about something does not make you a loser, for example i doubt there is a god, i'm not sure, i can't prove anything, and so can't anyone else, i doubt 2012 will be the end of the world as we know it, but! can't say for sure =P

    now if you please tell me how that makes me a loser i'd be happeeey! =]

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Stefan,

      I agree with your point. Some of the points in the list only applies in certain situations. I understand your situation and if you doubt that 2012 will be the end of the world, it doesn’t makes you a loser.

      However in some other situations like…

      If you want to run a business yet there are so many doubts in you that just hold you back from taking action, then the doubt in you make you “lose” the game. It is hard to give a detailed explanation in just a comment when this topic can be written into an article.

      I love your input over here, if you have any other more questions, feel free to drop me a mail. 🙂


  22. Sarah Landis says:

    I agree that parts of this list are very black and white but that’s sort of the nature of lists. I’m sure the author (insert name her) is aware that there are ways that this list could be picked apart but the metaphorical spirit of the list can be summed up like this. Leech or lift? Destructive or proactive? While “winners” may have characteristics of both sides, it’s where the lies that counts.

    On second thought this is a little black and white too. Oh well. What do you want for a 3 am rant. lol

  23. John Pollard says:

    IMHO this list is subjective and more a statement of western ego than verifiable truth.

    Again IMHO, it’s more comparing and contrasting smart people and dumb people, than winners and losers, .

    • Vincent says:

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your input. I believe the differences between smart people and dumb people would make a great article too. 🙂


  24. Josh B says:

    You should make this into a door poster

  25. Great list to check and see if you’re on your way to Loserville. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Nea | Self Improvement Saga´s last blog ..Peer Pressure and Conformity: Do You Fear Standing Out from the Crowd? =-.

  26. MzMelanie says:

    I totally linked to this post on my blog today. I feel like I’m a winner, but I do have one friend who is a loser. I should lose the loser BUT I feel like that’s judgemental or shallow so I keep her around and try to avoid talking to her LOL

  27. I disagree with that its all one sided.

    Human nature is that we focus on both sides, we just try to convince ourselves that we focus only on one side.

    Problem solvers, look at the problem before they consider solutions. So they dont just focus on solutions . They focus on problems and then on solutions.
    .-= Jon | Adventures of The Fearless´s last blog ..Top 10 Romance Movies =-.

  28. rachel says:

    Being “always certain” is a major problem for many fields– you may want to consider the fact that new information can change the picture… or not, and just stay a (lucky… see the next item about fate) cocky bastard. It’s easy to say you were always certain when things work out well, often with some luck rather than just effort/genius.

  29. emily says:

    You’re absolutely right, I feel I’ve been on both sides many times in my life. I suppose it’s all part of being human. This list puts things in perspective.


  30. Mario says:

    What is remarkable with losers is their habit of playing safe. They let other people decide so as to escape blame. And when they are actually to blame, they pass the buck. Winners are leaders. And true leaders are not afraid to make a decision, and to be accountable for it.
    Winners usually “travel” alone. Losers are usually within the pack.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Mario,

      Thanks for dropping a comment over here at HealthMoneySuccess. Playing it safe means that we are staying the same and not growing. When we don’t grow we will always achieve the results that we always achieve. Great point Mario!


  31. Emmy says:

    “Winners are persistent and will do whatever it takes (ethical means) to achieve their goal.”

    I wouldn’t say that all winners are necessarily ethical. That is wishful thinking. Or am I just being a loser?
    .-= Emmy´s last blog .. =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Emmy,

      If they are not using any ethical means, they will not be in the winner category. Some people can be making lots of money using unethical means and living in fear everyday. That doesn’t seems like a winner to me. 🙂


  32. Adam says:

    Great article Vincent. My favorite was #8: “Winners face their fear, accept it and take the leap.” Happy New Year!

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Adam,

      Happy New Year to you! Fear is something that hold us back and winners know it. Those who let fear control them achieve little and those we see fear in the eye and conquer it will receive abundance of success in life.


  33. Nacie Carson says:

    Great post – I love that you did this in table format, so easy to reference! We all have moments when we think like a “loser” even though we have it in us to be a “winner.” What matters is how we switch that thought process onto the successful, winning track and turn things around.
    .-= Nacie Carson´s last blog ..You Need to Read The Alchemist =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Yes Nacie! You are spot on. Everyone have a loser moment but it is possible to direct ourselves to move towards the winners direction by changing our way of thinking. Our mindset equals our reality. Once we think like a winner, we will win like a winner.


  34. Hey Vincent.

    This is cool stuff. Based on these settings, I am mainly sitting on winning central. A lot of those items on the losing side certainly are worth avoiding. Blaming and making excuses are things I sure see as negatives.

    I keep reading cool ones on the left side. Those are certainly what we have to look to do.

    Dreaming in bed and not implementing any during the day is such a waste that it wouldn’t be worth dreaming in the first place.

    Correct set here.
    .-= Armen Shirvanian´s last blog ..When You Feel Unstoppable, Take Notice =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hey Armen,

      No doubt that you are in the winner side. 🙂 Keep going buddy and I look forward to seeing your blog growth in the year of 2010.


  35. Javier Chua says:

    Great post Vincent,

    Winners always set the right attitude through their mindset and I believe we can learn it by thinking what do great sportsmen like Michael Jordon or Tiger Woods are thinking when they are losing initially. Always focus our mind with the right mental attitude and we will all be winners 🙂

    .-= Javier Chua´s last blog ..Clarity of Intention Found Through Overseas Trip =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Great mindset equals great results. There is definitely a distinct way of thinking by successful people and we will be able to produce results like them if we adopt their way of thinking.


  36. audrey says:

    so wait there’s only two kinds of people? winners and losers and that’s it…pretty rigid.

    • Vincent says:

      There are different types of people. But I believe their mindset will lean towards either side, a winner’s mindset or a loser’s mindset.


  37. Pants Mcnance says:

    I agree with the whole list except #31. What is defined as “toys” in the loser section and is spending money on seminars really useful? Aren’t there alternatives other than “toys”?

    • Vincent says:

      Most people tend to have instant gratification habit. They want to get pleasure as soon as possible. So instead of investing the money in upgrading themselves, they tend to splurge on things like branded bags, fine dining or getting a new car. I do not mean that it is bad to spend on this things but if you tend to spend all your money on your toys and have nothing left to invest in yourself, you are losing out big time.


  38. Hi Vincent, this is a great list and one that can be used to help us focus on having a winning mentality. I’m definitely on the winning side.
    .-= Steven Aitchison´s last blog ..The Most Profound Lesson In Life =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hey Steve,

      You are definitely on the winning side. Keep winning and I look forward to hear some great results from in the year of 2010.


  39. Gordie - Lifestyle Design For You says:

    I wrote a comment. Did it go into your spam filter?
    .-= Gordie – Lifestyle Design For You´s last blog ..Old Tianjin Is Destroyed. =-.

  40. used tires says:

    While I am not perfect, I mainly consider myself a winner, and that backs it up by the list here :D. By the way you are Brilliant Vincent for coming up with these 33 differences 😀 I truly believe it!

    Till then,


    • Vincent says:

      Hey Jean,

      Thanks for the compliment. I’m not perfect too and but I am striving to be better everyday. It is great that you are on the winners side and keeping winning Jean!


  41. This is a really great list, I think it is important to note that it doesn’t matter whether you have 1 or all of the items listed on the left hand side of the table. What is important is that you have a bias for action because if you have that you will succeed over time.

    • Vincent says:

      Hey Jason,

      Yep. I agree with you. Action is the key to success. With the right mindset and action, success is inevitable.


  42. Point 25 really makes the difference 😉
    .-= Oscar – freestyle mind´s last blog ..Motivation 101: How to Stay Motivated =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Some people chose to go with the flow and the problem with going with the flow doesn’t means that you will end up with where you want to be.

      I look forward to your monthly report Oscar, keep going buddy!


  43. Nice list,

    makes a good checklist to see if there’s any areas in your life that you slip into the loser category… as long as your honest with yourself, you can use it as a way to work on your weaknesses!

    It’s also good to know that its not always black and white, there’s varying degrees of each item on the list… Even if your mostly on the winner side it might be valuable to see which winning areas your closest to being near the center on, and improving those.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Devin,

      You are right on about honesty. There are people who live in self denial and when they are not honest with themselves, their dishonesty will catch up to them. There any isn’t any wrong if someone is leaning towards the losers category. The important thing is to be aware of it and take the action to make the change.


  44. Vincent,

    Great list, looks like you worked hard on it! Very eye opening. I have to say I’m leaning to the winner’s side 95%+ than the looser side, which is encouraging.

    Seems like the only thing that separates winners and loosers are their attitudes toward principle centered living. Really … abundance vs scarcity. Responsibility/control vs. victim-ism.

    This would be a good print out to tack on my wall.


  45. Credit Girl says:


    I’d like to think I was on the winner side but the truth is I’m probably sitting on the fence because there are some things I may need to adjust before I can be completely on the winner’s side. This list can also be a positive motivational checklist when someone feels they are struggling because it definitely encourages me to tackle the task more confidently and know that I can be successful at it as well.