On Being Prepared

In his recent Minute with Maxwell blog post, Opportunity, John Maxwell speaks about intentional preparedness for the many opportunities that life presents. He quotes words from his mentor, John Wooden, who told him, “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.” He said that Coach Wooden was telling him that we don’t know or see the coming opportunities ahead, so when it comes “it’s too late to prepare.” Knowing this, Wooden was saying that if you grow every day, discover and actualize your incredible gifts, continually fine-tune and push your skills, talents and knowledge, when those opportunities do come, you will be prepared and have a better chance of succeeding.

Maxwell brought reality to the message relating a conversation he had with Jack Nicklaus about his career successes He asked Nicklaus that if he had a four foot putt to win the tournament, would he be nervous. Nicholas said, “John, I really didn’t because I prepared.  I practiced that four foot putt a thousand times, so that when I get ready to putt, it’s kind of like I’ve done this before.” What Nicklaus was doing was that he knew some day, some place in a tournament, he would have this four foot putt to win the tournament. If he practiced that, day-in and day-out, he would be ready.

Maxwell’s message to great leaders is, “Don’t wait for the opportunity to come to you, work for the opportunity so when it comes, you can do something good about it.” Denzel Washington said, “Luck is when opportunity comes along and you are prepared for it.” May you prepare yourself for the world of opportunities that lie ahead, and make them all holes-in-one.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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