UCLA basketball coach John Wooden shares a fascinating story in his autobiography. Before the start of each season, the coach would time to personally show his players how to properly put on socks with meticulous detail, then check to make sure there weren’t any wrinkles, folds or creases, which cause blisters. Wooden emphasized to his players that winning wasn’t their objective, but rather to play their absolute best. To do so, he wanted his players to know that details, even something as insignificant as socks, create success. His lessons are applicable to anybody looking to better themselves or their business. Here are some of his lessons, based off an article I found online:
Adversity produces opportunity: Everything that happens to us can serve some sort of good, you just need to keep your eyes open to find what that is. One examples is when Spain lost to France in the 2006 World Cup: the Spanish Federation noticed that Spanish players were too small to compete against tougher European teams, so their coach implemented a playing style emphasizing quick passes and short movements, which won them victories in two Euro Cup tournaments and the 2010 World Cup.
It’s too late to prepare once opportunity arrives: The time to prepare isn’t after you’ve been given the opportunity. A coach would never call on a player that wasn’t physically fit to play; if a physically fit player is called on to play, then they’ll be ready to go. You have to be ready for an opportunity you want long before it shows up.
Be prepared: If you can think ahead and identify any potential areas of weakness, you’ll be better prepared to handle it. Research from the Wharton School, Cornell and the University of Colorado found that imagining an event increases the ability to correctly identify the reasons for future outcomes by 30%.
Make the best of things: Even when you aren’t in control of a situation, you’re still responsible for how you react and what you do. So if you have full power over your thoughts and mind, it makes sense to make the best out of whatever’s in front of you.