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Practice

“Practice Makes Perfect” – Anonymous

Growing up we all heard the saying “practice makes perfect”, which has been traced all the way back to the 1500’s but no one knows who originally coined the saying. Have you every thought about what it takes to get good at something? As a recreational triathlete, I’m in awe of the Ironman event. Dave Scott, the 6-time winner of the Ironman world championship in Hawaii was obviously gifted genetically. However, he achieved what he did by endless training and practice. Ask any professional athletic or Olympian and they will tell you practice is the difference in their success. In my experience, ask any senior business leader about their secret to success and you will get many different answers but rarely will you hear “practice” in their answer. The reality is they did not get to where they are by accident. Practice is something we should focus on as we move forward in our career. If you want to get better at something, you must practice. One way to put this principle to work is to identify one professional endeavor you want to get better at. Making better presentations, becoming a better project manager or people manager, etc. Pick something you have some passion around and make a plan to improve. You will get better and your career will benefit. In the words of the legendary basketball coach John Wooden, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

Until next time…

Jim

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