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Is there nothing without results

Is there nothing without results Is THERE NOTHING WITHOUT RESULTS? E. Arthur Jennings To say that "nothing succeeds like the ground, and even the best of ideas There can be little room for success", is to state the obvious. do not always live up to our hopes. argument about the winner. There can Perhaps that is the reason why such a We can study these events to discover only be one winner; the winner's remark should have been suffered by our mistakes and so ensure that we do position is indisputable. Unless so many of us for so long. But at least not fail next time. Such a pity that the someone can prove that they cheated. the sayings from the old days had a But winners need losers more than laudable idea of using failures to im­ touch of comfort about them, there losers need winners; without losers prove future performance is not helped was always the suggestion that things there are no winners. If the losers make by the modern concept which suggests might get better tomorrow, next week up 99 per cent of the participants, why that it is only the result which matters. or next year. are they so under valued? It seems that we have two differing On the other hand, where were those concepts here which find it very hard Things have moved on very little clouds with silver linings, ships that to live together. It is necessary for since that story was first told, it is come in or doors that open when people to be given time to discover the doubtful if anyone remembers even the others shut? They may never have best way of doing their work. As was winners for very long these days. The arrived but we were able to "put it all said in the old days there is more than rat race dictates that the results must down to experience", and still live in one way of killing a pig. The aggressive keep on coming, time after time. hope. Little comfort from those sayings approach may win some and lose Yesterday's winner is as dead as all the in the world of today where even some; a gentler attitude may also other rats. So perhaps winning is not experience soon reaches its sell by date. achieve success. quite as pleasurable as once it was. Now we live in a time where only Once upon a time participation was So how do people arrive at the point results seems to matter. The regarded as an achievement in its own from which they can be expected to catchphrases of today are different and right. Be it sport or work, to be in the achieve results? Should people have to reflect a change in attitudes and values. game and taking part was everything. undergo lengthy training to the point The managers and workers of With the job market in its present state, where they feel they know it all or do tomorrow, our children, are reared on those days may not be on their way they have to learn to fly by the seat of the idea that "to win is everything". back. Winners have little to fear until their pants? It matters not which way There is no joy in taking part, once it is their turn to lose. Losers on the they do it if they are successful. They they understand that to come second can enter the fray with the confidence other hand need friends, and you do is in fact a sign of failure. that defects will be overlooked in the not get good friends by walking over Their world is only a reflection of face of a result. people to get that result. the world their elders live in. In the All else fades into insignificance It may not seem very important how world of business and commerce we when it is the result which counts. But you win, but the way you lose can too understand that we must get a such an attitude must be a short- affect your health as much as your result. The values which some of us sighted one, an attitude which lives bank balance. Defeat can help to bring were brought up on seem to have died only for today and lets the devil take winners back into the human race. So a horrible death. How sad it is that we tomorrow. The old ideas of loyalty and think hard, should you not quite make now seek to perpetuate ideas and ideals comradeship may have taken a knock it right to the top it might be worth which in the end bring pleasure to so but success should never be taken for while to give a little thought to the way few. granted. Such an attitude pays little you fail. It seems that participation is no heed to the need to find the winners Winners tend to be rather unfeeling, longer enough. To take part without of the future or even to the health and they regard winning as their right. On winning is now thought of as a wasted wealth of the other participants. the other hand it is quite difficult to effort. This in turn suggests that effort We have often heard the football tale win if others are no longer taking part is only valued if it succeeds. This is not of how no one will remember the losers in the game. Perhaps some of those the best way to encourage effort; effort of the cup final. But without those good old-fashioned values might is effort win or lose. Hard work should beaten finalists, to say nothing of the reappear to make life better for all be appreciated and rewarded whatever many who fell in all those rounds rather than the few. the result. There may be very good which went before, the competition reasons why that project did not get off would never have taken place at all. 16 Work Study Vol. 41 No. 3, 1992, p. 16, © MCB University Press, 0043-8022 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Work Study Emerald Publishing

Is there nothing without results

Work Study , Volume 41 (3): 1 – Mar 1, 1992

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Is THERE NOTHING WITHOUT RESULTS? E. Arthur Jennings To say that "nothing succeeds like the ground, and even the best of ideas There can be little room for success", is to state the obvious. do not always live up to our hopes. argument about the winner. There can Perhaps that is the reason why such a We can study these events to discover only be one winner; the winner's remark should have been suffered by our mistakes and so ensure that we do position is indisputable. Unless so many of us for so long. But at least not fail next time. Such a pity that the someone can prove that they cheated. the sayings from the old days had a But winners need losers more than laudable idea of using failures to im­ touch of comfort about them, there losers need winners; without losers prove future performance is not helped was always the suggestion that things there are no winners. If the losers make by the modern concept which suggests might get better tomorrow, next week up 99 per cent of the participants, why that it is only the result which matters. or next year. are they so under valued? It seems that we have two differing On the other hand, where were those concepts here which find it very hard Things have moved on very little clouds with silver linings, ships that to live together. It is necessary for since that story was first told, it is come in or doors that open when people to be given time to discover the doubtful if anyone remembers even the others shut? They may never have best way of doing their work. As was winners for very long these days. The arrived but we were able to "put it all said in the old days there is more than rat race dictates that the results must down to experience", and still live in one way of killing a pig. The aggressive keep on coming, time after time. hope. Little comfort from those sayings approach may win some and lose Yesterday's winner is as dead as all the in the world of today where even some; a gentler attitude may also other rats. So perhaps winning is not experience soon reaches its sell by date. achieve success. quite as pleasurable as once it was. Now we live in a time where only Once upon a time participation was So how do people arrive at the point results seems to matter. The regarded as an achievement in its own from which they can be expected to catchphrases of today are different and right. Be it sport or work, to be in the achieve results? Should people have to reflect a change in attitudes and values. game and taking part was everything. undergo lengthy training to the point The managers and workers of With the job market in its present state, where they feel they know it all or do tomorrow, our children, are reared on those days may not be on their way they have to learn to fly by the seat of the idea that "to win is everything". back. Winners have little to fear until their pants? It matters not which way There is no joy in taking part, once it is their turn to lose. Losers on the they do it if they are successful. They they understand that to come second can enter the fray with the confidence other hand need friends, and you do is in fact a sign of failure. that defects will be overlooked in the not get good friends by walking over Their world is only a reflection of face of a result. people to get that result. the world their elders live in. In the All else fades into insignificance It may not seem very important how world of business and commerce we when it is the result which counts. But you win, but the way you lose can too understand that we must get a such an attitude must be a short- affect your health as much as your result. The values which some of us sighted one, an attitude which lives bank balance. Defeat can help to bring were brought up on seem to have died only for today and lets the devil take winners back into the human race. So a horrible death. How sad it is that we tomorrow. The old ideas of loyalty and think hard, should you not quite make now seek to perpetuate ideas and ideals comradeship may have taken a knock it right to the top it might be worth which in the end bring pleasure to so but success should never be taken for while to give a little thought to the way few. granted. Such an attitude pays little you fail. It seems that participation is no heed to the need to find the winners Winners tend to be rather unfeeling, longer enough. To take part without of the future or even to the health and they regard winning as their right. On winning is now thought of as a wasted wealth of the other participants. the other hand it is quite difficult to effort. This in turn suggests that effort We have often heard the football tale win if others are no longer taking part is only valued if it succeeds. This is not of how no one will remember the losers in the game. Perhaps some of those the best way to encourage effort; effort of the cup final. But without those good old-fashioned values might is effort win or lose. Hard work should beaten finalists, to say nothing of the reappear to make life better for all be appreciated and rewarded whatever many who fell in all those rounds rather than the few. the result. There may be very good which went before, the competition reasons why that project did not get off would never have taken place at all. 16 Work Study Vol. 41 No. 3, 1992, p. 16, © MCB University Press, 0043-8022

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