The goal of life is to get what you want without selling your soul and also being able to sleep through the night. That can mean losing many a battle to win the war. It can also mean sacrificing what you want for now to receive the prize at the end. The problem is the clock is not in your hands so knowing when your race will be called is generally impossible. Therefore you must find a way to be a winner every day even if it is just one step from falling behind. Getting what one wants might have to be downsized depending on one’s clock but as long as you’re running toward it you are the winner.