The Will to Prepare Outweighs the Will to Win

Published on August 28, 2000

Slap me silly! I never thought in a million years I would refer to the Survivor show in my E Reports. But this is too good to pass up. Richard Hatch, the $1 Million winner, stated “I think I managed to win by planning early, and by early, I mean before I get there…. There was no question that I was the only person playing the game for quite a while”.

Richard went into this endeavor with only one thing in mind, winning the prize. He crafted a plan on how to create the necessary alliances to seal his fate. Now, you may disagree with his approach and resent his scheming, but the fact of the matter was he always focused on the end result. Other participants were into the experience and developing relationships. There is nothing wrong with that. However, if you really want to win at something, you must plan for it ahead of time and always keep focused on that end result. Hopefully, doing right by others at the same time.

The desire to win without planning for the success will many times result in your organization falling short of the grand prize.

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