Preparing to Win

by Blair Evan Ball on October 13, 2010

In our fast-paced microwave mentality world of instant information and quick analysis, it’s easy to cut corners when it comes to preparation. But crossing your fingers is rarely the way to go in business or in life.

There are numerous excuses for why people don’t prepare as well as they should. However, the most successful, confident, and satisfied people in the world rely on steadfast, time-tested means to get to number one. They insist on being the most prepared people in the room. It’s not difficult, but it does take discipline.

John Wooden on Winning

John Wooden –  John was the outstanding basketball coach at UCLA who led them to 10 NCAA titles during his last 12 seasons, including seven in a row from 1967 to 1973.  Click on his name to see a interview of him when he was a young 90 years old. Sharp mind and a lot of wisdom. Among Wooden’s Maxim was “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”


John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school:

  • Be true to yourself.
  • Make each day your masterpiece.
  • Help others.
  • Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  • Make friendship a fine art.
  • Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  • Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

Daily as we look around we have Social Medial Marketing tools at our disposal to help build our brand and our businesses. Yet, at the end of the day, we have little to show for our efforts. Most fail to grasp the new marketing reality and prepare to win.

My challenge to you today…step out of your comfort zone, be true to yourself, make each day a masterpiece, help others, learn something new and give thanks.

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