It takes two people for change to happen. Someone to speak up and someone to listen. Change is not possible without the two of them.
However, the one who speaks when no one else will...is a winner! One is even a bigger winner when one speaks up for the people who cannot speak for themselves.
If someone listens, regardless if they agree with you or not, you become a winner.
In terms of a basketball game, you don't have to win a game to become a winner.
There once was a man named John Gotti, he dressed in the finest of 3-piece suits, had girls all over him, lived in the finest house, was well known - yet he ordered men to kill for him. Just goes to show you; what you dress like doesn't mean squat.
Do something positive for yourself each and every day and you will be successful. After all, the only one you have to impress is yourself. Nothing else matters.
By the way, great post...for a change.