The Defining Qualities of a Winner

This guest post is by Peter G. James Sinclair of

‘Winners hate losing, but are willing to lose in order to get better.’
—Robert Kiyosaki

Everyone loves a winner. But in order to win, experience has taught me that it may require a combination of both a series of wins and losses in order to achieve an ultimate victory.

It’s not what you go through that makes the difference. It’s what you learn along the way and what you become in the process—a winner.

But what are the defining qualities of a winner? Here are just four that particularly stand out to me:


Without a burning desire to achieve or obtain, there is no light and no warmth generated in a life.

To have a goal or a dream with a deadline is the very thing that will create the “fire of desire.” It’s the burn that will create the yearn.

A life filled with desire will jump out of bed in the morning ready to go, will work relentlessly throughout the day, and even burn the candle long into the night.

For a well-placed desire is the motivation, or as I say the “motor-vation” that will drive you towards your win.

Desire is the spark, the flame, the ignition, the energy, the propulsion and the characteristic of a winner and their winning ways.


Ongoing education is crucial for the winner who doesn’t want to be a “one-win-wonder.” By continuing to partake of the information that builds them as winners they will go from one victory to the next.

Life is a long distance race, and not just a 100-meter sprint.

Each time I have ever embarked into a new business arena, my first and foremost task has been to educate myself.

When I embarked upon writing a musical I studied musicals and those who wrote them throughout the past century. When I decided to self publish my books I studied publishing and marketing. When I started a web design company I surrounded myself with a team of smart people and took notes furiously. When I decided to make money from blogging I hired a blogging coach.

The information gained set me up for a win each and every time.


It’s one thing though to be informed. In this day and age we are often in fact suffering from information overload. It can actually paralyze you if you let it.

What is required and demonstrated by the winner is the ability to assimilate what they have learned and put it into action.

The power is in the application of your new-found knowledge, and not just the knowledge alone.

Personally, I have always understood something far better by doing rather than just listening or watching. Another way I have learned things at a deeper level has been to then teach others what I had just learned. Through the years I have acted as a business/life coach for many—at first for free, and now for payment.

I am always surprised at how “smart” I have become. The fact is though, that as you teach others—or even prepare and deliver a speech, both of which I am now paid to do—your own thoughts and understanding of the subject matter is crystallized in your own mind.


I learned the power of repetition when I studied the piano from the age of six through to 18, with only a six-month break when I was 14.

The drill of playing scales, arpeggios and the discipline of the theoretical study of music clearly demonstrated to me of the value of repetition.

The direct result was that I was transformed over time from being a mediocre piano student into one who composed and performed his own songs, recorded five professional recordings and wrote both the music and lyrics for my own stage musical.

In sales I learned to become a professional salesperson through repetition of the sales process. In writing I learned to become a professional writer through repetition, and aligned with that repetition was the repetitive actions of editing, refining, evaluation and improvement.

These are the defining qualities of a winner. Can you add more to this list?

Peter G. James Sinclair is in the “heart to heart” resuscitation business and inspires, motivates and equips others to be all that they’ve been created to become. Receive your free copy of his latest eBook Personal Success Blueprint at and add him on Twitter @PeterGJSinclair – today!

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  1. Hey Peter,

    Your list was pretty neat – I could go on and on with more qualities as I predict you could too.

    I just wanted to add that persistence and determination are two qualities commonly found in winners. Winners most know how to keep working continuingly even if their strength is shaken or their motivation is low.

    Good Post.

    • Thanks Hugo – great add to my list. Yes the power of keeping on keeping on is so important. While others fall to the wayside the winner just keeps going all the way to success – even if it means at times taking a bit of a detour, or a zig -zig, or a dip in the road – it’s all the way to a win!

  2. Hi Peter,
    I also believe that “winner” types are wired that way from birth. They are also known as Type A personalities.

    For me it is all about constant never ending improvement and it is never about being perfect. Many of consulting clients often believe the goal in life is perfection but I tell them that perfection doesn’t exist. It’s all about going from where we are to where we want to be.

    • Thanks Justin – true what you say – but I also believe that we can learn to win if we discover our natural strengths and begin to flow with them rather than fighting against them.

      Throughout my life to date I have failed at so many things. I have had plenty of opportunity to quit along the way – but because of the books I read, the people I associate with and the inherent desire to live a significant life – I have and continue to dust myself – learn from the mistake – and move forward.

      Your wisdom about ‘perfect’ is so true. Your consultant clients are very lucky to have you. If we all waited for perfection – all of us would be waiting a long time. Just be the best you can be with the skill-set you have, and watch that skill grow through practice, evaluation, repetition, along with constant improvement.

  3. Nice post! You’ve picked up on two of the most important things that I think you need to get right in order to be a success in life.

    It’s so important to be a lifelong learner, I don’t think enough people realise that. You’re never done, there’s always more you could learn, and thinking about the depth of human knowledge like that really inspires me. It’s infinate!

    I also like your music reference, I’m a violinist myself and so have done the same kind of exercises. I think you have to make sure you’re mindful when you’re doing that, it so easy to switch off and just go on autopilot with something like that.

    • Thanks Joanne – yes autopilot – the dreaded enemy when repetition occurs – that’s why we need to be constantly searching out creative ways to make repeated tasks more exciting and interesting along the way. We must always learn to dig deeper in areas that we think we have already found all the answers….and as one person said…. ‘It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts!’

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