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Fortune favors the prepared mind.

—Louis Pasteur (by Paul Nadar; Public Domain)

At how many points throughout our life have we known exactly what we should be doing, but allowed ourselves to get distracted by our emotions; by something “more pressing” at the time? How did that play out? What if we had refused to get pulled away in those moments and, instead, simply accomplished what we had thoughtfully scheduled for ourselves? Preparation is a funny thing. More often than not, we don’t see the critical importance of any one specific, focused task. But years later we look back and reminisce, “what if I had just….” A successful life is one in which we methodically work with each individual piece of the puzzle, no matter how insignificant any one fragment may seem, until we clearly see the beautiful portrait in front of us. Each piece was truly important, and each prepared us for what was to come. 

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

—Sun Tzu, The Art of War (Creative Commons)

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It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.

Forbes, B.C., Public domain

—B.C. Forbes (Public domain)

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The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.

Disraeli, Benjamin

—Benjamin Disraeli (Public domain)

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Without training, they lacked knowledge. Without knowledge, they lacked confidence. Without confidence, they lacked victory.

Caesar, Julius

—Julius Caesar

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First study to conceal what thou art; seek wisdom a little while unto thyself.  Thus grows the fruit; first, the seed must be buried in the earth for a little space; there it must be hid and slowly grow, that it may reach maturity.  But if it produce the ear before the jointed stalk, it is imperfect—a thing from the garden of Adonis.  Such a sorry growth art thou; thou hast blossomed too soon: the winter cold will wither thee away!


—Epictetus, Greek Philosopher, 55 AD – 135 AD

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All things are ready, if our minds be so.


—William Shakespeare, Henry V


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