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Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Preparation is the true reward of success

November 27, 2013|By Joe Puglia

In 1964 I had three ambitions: to win Amia Divia's heart, to attend the Naval Academy, and to become the golden gloves lightweight champion of New York City.

In retrospect, my last goal was more excruciating than the previous two.

My boxing coach, Denny Malvey, would say, “Leave nothing!” His methodology was simple. Preparation must be 150%. At the end of a training day he expected that his fighters be physically, mentally and emotionally spent. I trained three hours per day for two years working my way through the endless sea of contenders.

Mr. Malvey taught me that winning requires commitment; it's a process. Commitment is the essence of endeavor. Emerson said, “Once you commit the universe conspires to make it happen.” Commitment transcends itself as a learned behavior. However the antithesis of commitment is also a learned behavior. Being noncommittal is the quickest way toward mediocrity; it is transcending. It is easier to prepare for mediocrity than for success. Once you settle for mediocrity though, you'll know nothing higher.

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This year the La Cañada High School football team made it to the CIF playoffs. Their talent exceeded their execution. However it wasn't talent that got them to the playoffs; it was heart. That says volumes about the team.

Mr. Malvey would say, “You fight with the head, not with the heart.” The implication is that excellence is a cerebral process requiring execution. And execution requires preparation. “Only when you are prepared can you serve your moment of inspiration,” he said.

I'm not a football aficionado, but I'd bet you a sawbuck that the LCHS football team did not have the preparation worthy of their talent, character and heart. Consistent execution is a product of attention to detail. What's the motto of the Boy Scouts? “Be prepared!”

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