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Hesitating? You could be toast.

I think we’ve heard this in much simpler terms … something like “he who hesitates is lost” or words to that effect.

I prefer this more elegant phrasing which dramatizes both the elation and exhaustion that arrives just as we’re nearing the finish line. We’re tired of the race … or just plain tired … and figure we’re almost there so, hey, let’s catch our breath.

Sports is a metaphorical gold mine for this syndrome. How many likely winners failed in the last minutes, ran out of steam … and lost a game or race they should have won?

Winston Churchill added this riff at the end of all of his wartime correspondence during World War II:


Keep Buggering On.

Still good advice, huh?

Grab the gold ring first.

Then … and only then … sit down and enjoy the victory.


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