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If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
-- Woodrow Wilson


Friday, September 3, 1999

Prepare for success

Sure, you can wish for that “big break” but would you be prepared if it came along today? The biggest opportunity in the world is meaningless if you’re not prepared to make the most of it.

Preparation is not glamorous. It can be difficult and tedious. It can be frustrating and tiresome. And it is absolutely essential. Too often we see only the results of preparation in others, without fully appreciating the true nature and effort of that preparation. Most preparation takes place away from the glare of the spotlight, yet it most assuredly takes place.

Preparation is not usually exciting. It is often just plain hard work. And every person who enjoys any degree of success understands the value of preparation.

What are you doing right now to prepare for the opportunities you seek? Without adequate preparation, all opportunities are empty and frustrating. By contrast, when you’re fully prepared, all sorts of wonderful opportunities open up to you as if by magic. Which scenario would you prefer? Decide to pay the price of success by making the effort to be prepared. The great things that open up to you will be well worth that price.

— Ralph Marston

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