How to Win at Losing


This past week my Spring tennis leagues started, and I was really excited. I’ve been playing a lot, taking a few lessons and working hard at improving some key skills.

And then — I promptly lost both matches. One pretty decisively and the other in as close a tie break as you can get. It was a frustrating start.

These two quick-succession losses got me thinking about the art of losing, and how it may be even more important to lose well than to win well (if anything, it’s certainly more difficult).

So, what does losing at losing versus winning at losing look like?


I can’t say that I completely won at losing this week — in one of the matches, I veered more to the left of this chart than I’d like to admit. But … in true winning at losing fashion, I’m going to give myself a break and take what lessons I can for next time. Because call me crazy, but something tells me this won’t be the last time I lose ;-)

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Chrissy Trampedach is a PR & communications pro by day and fitness buff, skiing fanatic, dedicated yogi and wannabe tennis champ by night (and weekend). As a former competitive figure skater, she’s lived a life of training and sports from a young age. Today, she fuels her competitive spirit and drive to challenge her body and mind with USTA tennis, skiing adventures around the world, the SF yoga community and tracking the latest fitness trends. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Tim and their “75-lb lap dog” Enzo.

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