It is interesting to ask this question to really competitive people. Are they driven by the need to win or the fear of losing? I truly believe they are two different mindsets, although on the outside they seem like the same thing.
So when you hear that phrase what do you think of?
For me, I hate to lose more than I like to win. I think for me it is because I expect myself to win, I never go in hoping to win anything, I go in looking to dominate. I am always realistic about the possibility of losing, and that drives me more than anything to make sure I am prepared and I give 150%.
There are regulator factors of the brain in which, the people who love to win, they are promotion-focused people, whereas people who hate to lose are prevention-focused people.
I don’t think either way is right or wrong, but personally for me, when I win, I don’t celebrate, I just move on to start tackling the next project or mission. Where people who love to win, really like to bask in their glory.
So, which are you? and why?
One of my favorite books about mindset and clearly that outlines this topic is Relentless by Tim Grover: