The U.S. Navy Seals have a motto, “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.” Professional boxer, Muhammad Ali put it this way, “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” And Colin Powell nailed when he said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
Now, you’ve probably conquered “working hard” and even “learning from your mistakes.” So the real question is, how are you doing on the preparation part of life? Preparation is a key component of successful business. Preparation says this, all the work is performed ahead of time and not during the actual business of the day. Consequently, the person who is the best prepared achieves the most favorable outcome and keeps the business on track.
I’ll close with this quote by Jim Rohn, “Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune.”