“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
This quote reminds me of the old axiom “if you fail to plan you plan to fail.” Preparation is such an important aspect of success that sometimes gets overlooked. It’s so easy to wait until the last minute to get the work done but far too often that increases the chance of failure, or at least of sub-optimal results. Good preparation is part of the hard work required to create success. Being intentional in what we WANT to do allows us to execute against our plan with focused hard work AND creates the environment that allows us to learn when things don’t go as planned. If you don’t have a plan, how will you know if you don’t achieve it?