– [Jordan] What does the person who loses something important with grace do? And the answer is fairly straightforward. He accepts the defeat and thinks, okay, what is it that I have left to improve that will decrease the
possibility of a similar defeat in the future? – [Joe] Yes.
– [Jordan] Right? So what he’s doing is, because the great athlete
and the great person is not only someone who’s
exceptionally skilled at what they do, but who’s
trying to expand their skills at all times. – [Joe] Yes. – [Jordan] And the attempt
to expand their skills at all times is even more important than the fact that they’re great to begin with because the
trajectory is so important. – [Joe] More important, in
particular, to the audience. It’s extremely important-
– [Jordan] Right. – [Joe] to the audience because you are, the person who’s competing, you are expecting them
to live out this life in a perfect way, or in
a much more powerful way than you are capable of. – [Jordan] Yes, and so
part of that is the skill. – [Joe] Yes. – [Jordan] Because they
put in the practice, but part of that also is the willingness to push the skill farther into new domains of development with each action. And that’s really what
people like to watch. They don’t like to watch a
perfect athletic performance. They like to watch a
perfect athletic performance that’s pushed into the domain of new risk. They wanna see both at the same time. – [Joe] Yes. – [Jordan] You’re really
good at what you do, and you’re getting better. Okay, so you lose a match, which is not any indication
that you’re not good at what you do. You might not be as good
as the person who beat you, but if you lose the match and then whine, what you’ve done is sacrificed
the higher order principle of constant improvement
of your own skills. – [Joe] Yes. – [Jordan] Because you
should be analyzing the loss and saying, the reason I lost
in so far as it’s relevant to this particular time and place is the insufficiencies I
manifested that defeated me. And I need to track those insufficiencies so that I can rectify them in the future. And if I am blaming it
on you or the referees or the situation, then I’m
not taking responsibility and I’m not pushing myself forward. The issue that we’re talking about here are the issue of being a good sport. You need to figure out why that’s true. And the reason that it’s true is that you’re trying to push
your development farther than you’ve already developed
at every point in time. And then that’s the proper moral attitude. You’re trying to push
your development farther than you’ve already developed
at every point in time. And then that’s the proper moral attitude.

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