Gretchen Rubin

“I Feel as if I’ve Been Let in on a Dirty Little Secret: Winning Changes Nothing.”

“I Feel as if I’ve Been Let in on a Dirty Little Secret: Winning Changes Nothing.”

"But I don't feel that Wimbledon changed me. I feel, in fact, as if I've been let in on a dirty little secret: winning changes nothing. Now that I've won a slam, I know something that very few people on earth are permitted to know. A win doesn't feel as good as a loss feels bad, and the good feeling doesn't last as long as the bad. Not even close."

--Andre Agassi, Open: An Autobiography

Agassi is referring to the "negativity bias," the phenomenon that means that generally, bad is stronger than good. Alas.

Stay tuned; I'm going to write more about Agassi's autobiography. It's fascinating for many reasons--and I don't even like tennis.

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