Today’s Tip of the Week is from basketball Hall of Famer, John Wooden.  Wooden won 10 NCAA Championships while head basketball coach at UCLA.  He is a legend not only for his coaching but also for his “Woodenisms.”

“If you don’t have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”

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I usually share tips I’ve gathered from people I’ve worked with or met, but Wooden has so many good quotes I couldn’t resist.  His many excellent quotes, or “Woodenisms” are cataloged on a site dedicated to him.

The quote above is about wisely using your time.  If you don’t take the time to do something right, then you’re purposely doing it wrong.  And then you must either do it over or, leave it as is and admit you just don’t care that much.  Could you imagine a brain surgeon or an engineer that builds bridges saying, “I just don’t have the time to do it right.”  When would he have the time to do it right?  After the patient has died?  After the bridge has collapsed?

In the world of sports I think this quote is most applicable to practice.  If you don’t practice shooting or throwing or running correctly, when will you have the time to go back and teach yourself how to do all these things correctly?

If something is important to you, take the time to do it right the first time.  Believe me, I am talking to myself here!  Have a great weekend and, as always, feel free to share, like, or re-tweet.

NOTE: I sent this email out to my Tip of the Week subscribers earlier today and found multiple typing errors!  See, I told you I was talking about myself!!!!