Recently, I put a question to friends at my facebook page as to what are the habits and traits of losers. I received very interesting responses and the common response was that “losers don’t accept responsibility and blame others”. While I was pondering over the responses, the story of Prophet Adam and Devil as described in Quran came to my mind.
Iblees (Devil) was made of fire and Adam was made from clay. According to divine scheme, devil was asked to show reverence to Adam and his response was weird that made him loser forever.
1) He showed arrogance and disobeyed the will of Allah and refused to bow before Adam on the reasoning that he was superior and would not do that. Arrogance is the first trait of a loser. Jim Collins in his book How the Mighty Fall describes Hubris as the first reason of fall.
2) When devil was expelled from heaven, instead of accepting the responsibility of his dare-devil act, he accused God that You did that with purpose. So accepting responsibility of one’s acts of omission and commission is alien to losers and passing on the buck is the key trait.
3) In stead of repenting, devil challenged God that he would misguide His creature to take avenge of his expulsion from heaven. Using creative energies for negative purpose is the way of losers. Losers dissipate their talent on creating an atmosphere of revenge, pessimism and chaos instead.
On the other hand, attitude of Adam was totally different. When he fell victim to the persuasion of devil, he was also asked to leave heaven. And Adam’s response as described in Holy Quran was:
“O’ God, I committed cruelty to myself, if You did not forgive me and did not took mercy on me, I would be among losers”.
The response of Adam vis-a-vis devil shows the winning attitude. Winners accept responsibility of circumstances instead of blaming others of their miseries and misfortunes.
In the corporate world, losers blame external circumstances and competition for not achieving results while the winners accept responsibility of failures and take corrective steps in future to reach goals.
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