Foresight. Research. Analysis. Logic. Asking. Testing. Thinking. Organizing. I have always enjoyed the process of preparing to do something as much as the act of doing the something itself. It sure as hell makes the doing a lot more successful and satisfying.
Searching for wisdom, a man spent three painful and grueling days climbing a tall, rocky mountain. At the peak, he found a wise, old guru who had been watching the man’s difficult struggles. The man asked the guru, “Wise one, how might I make my life happier?”
The old guru responded, “To begin with, the next time you want to come up here, go to the other side of the mountain and take the tramway.”
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
The will to succeed is important
…but what’s more important is the will to prepare.
If I had three hours to chop down a tree,
I’d spend the first hour sharpening the ax.
Proper prior planning prevents pitifully poor performance.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
It is the loose ends with which people hang themselves.
Education is what you get when you read the fine print.
Experience is what you get when you don’t.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Excellence is in the details.
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.
Winter does not last forever…. but then neither does summer.
Buy straw hats in the wintertime.
Summer will surely come.
Dig the well before you’re thirsty.
Better to put a strong fence around the tip of a dangerous cliff
than an ambulance at the bottom.
There is great value in substituting a long-term strategic vision for present-minded, short-term tactical views. Nothing in politics or in life is more difficult than taking the long view. For politicians, as well as the rest of us, distant gain is rarely a persuasive reason to endure immediate pain. Political and social scientists say the system has a bias toward the present over the future. Politicians and a lot of us behave like perpetual teenagers. The problem, for politicians, for teenagers, and for other short-term thinkers, is that the future has a pesky habit of arriving.
You can often make correct snap decisions
….if you anticipate the question much earlier.
Think as you work, for in the final analysis you’re worth to yourself and to your company comes not only in solving problems, but in anticipating them.
Always look ahead. Look far ahead as a race car driver looks
…. far down the track
at the horizon which they will have reached before they know it.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war.
Defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
It does not do to leave a dragon out of your calculations
…. if you live near it.
Your lack of good planning does not necessarily constitute an emergency situation for me.
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The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first
….a process which often reduces the most complex problems to manageable proportions.
“Begin at the beginning,” the king said gravely,
“and go until you come to the end; then stop.”
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
Pray for a good harvest, but continue to hoe.
Trust everyone, but cut the cards.
W. C. Fields
Trust, but verify.
Be careful not to test the water with both feet.
When you hear hoof beats….expect to see horses, not zebras.
If the only tool you have is a hammer
….you tend to see every problem as a nail.
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea
….when it’s the only one you have.
The most successful people are those who always have a Plan B.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of
possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Time is really the only capital that any human being has
….and the only thing that we can't afford to lose.
I owe all my success in life to having been always
….a quarter of an hour beforehand.
What a tragedy to climb the ladder of success only to discover that the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall.