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Not paying attention to details can be costly

There have been times when I received a piece of mail, and the address was incorrect. I was amazed the piece of mail arrived and the letter found me. I questioned that it happened. I was happy that it happened. I shrugged my shoulders, and I moved on. I got lucky in that situation where oneís lack of attention to detail worked out in a positive manner.

Recently, I wasnít so lucky. An invoice to a very important bill didnít find me for two months. The address was wrong on the invoice. The delayed payment caused an interruption in service and other headaches for me. It was finally resolved, but the whole situation could have been avoided if attention to detail was implemented.

Anyone can benefit by paying attention to detail. Students, parents, employees and bosses can all benefit by slowing down in this fast-paced life and paying more attention to details. Little things in life can make big differences. Think about water at 211 degrees. It is hot water. When it increases one degree to 212 degrees, it begins to boil. One tiny degree makes a huge difference in the state of that liquid.

John Wooden was the head coach for the UCLA menís basketball team. He was a simple yet very successful coach. His team won 10 NCAA national championships during a 12-year period.

He said, ďItís the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. If you donít have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?Ē

He coached and taught his students to give their all and pursue the best in themselves to be successful in life and on the court. His advice can be applied to students pursuing a higher education.

He stressed the importance of teaching patience. He would say, ďBe quick but donít hurry.Ē

Iím reminded of my childhood and how my mother taught me patience and attention to detail. Iíd be ready to run out the door and catch the bus, but I was waiting on my mother to sign a note to my teacher. She would write the note in her beautiful penmanship, and then she would read it. She would then proofread it to make sure it was written correctly and that all the tís were crossed and the iís dotted. It was so difficult to be patient. Apparently I learned my lesson. Today Iím a very patient person, and I always read and proofread the letters and cards that I write.

Coach Wooden also taught his students several principles that apply to all things in life: Never be late. Be neat and clean. Start and end on time. Donít use profanity. Never criticize a teammate. Be industrious and enthusiastic. Work hard, enjoy what you do, have faith and be patient. Donít complain. Donít whine. Donít make excuses. Take responsibility and try to become part of the solution and not the problem. Focus on your strengths.

He said, ďSuccess comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.Ē

Life goes by faster than we want it to. Itís OK to take the time to slow it down and enjoy what we have been given. I ask that you pay attention to the details and watch for the big things to happen in life.

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Published: February 17, 2017
New Article ID: 2017702179975