On the face of it, surrendering certainly does not seem like winning. But it is in A.A. Only after we have come to the end of our rope, hit a stone wall in some aspect of our lives beyond which we can go not further; only when we hit "bottom" in despair and surrender, can we accomplish sobriety which we could never accomplish before. We must, and we do, surrender in order to win.

The Professor and The Paradox
The story of "The Professor and The Paradox" by John P., from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, only appeared in the second edition of the Big Book from 1955 to 1976, on page 336 

Says he, "We A.A.'s surrender to win; we give away to keep; we suffer to get well, and we die to live."