Declare Victory and Move On



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The phrase “declare victory and move on” was used often by a very successful company I worked for in Silicon Valley in the early 1990s. I loved it then and I still love it now. The company would have an outcome that most would have defined as a failure, and instead they would look at the positives that resulted and say “let’s declare victory and move on.”

I love this phrase because it reminds me that we are in charge of how we frame the outcomes in our lives. Two people could describe the same outcome totally differently. For example one could call it a total disaster and the other could call it a real win. They’d both be right, but the impact on their lives of how they see it would be totally different.

This phrase came up for me recently as I decided to cancel a…

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