Success Lies in the Details
Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins, was talking to a reporter about a players mistake in practice. He said, “We never let an error go unchallenged. Uncorrected errors multiply.”
Then the reporter said, “Isnt there benefit in overlooking one small flaw?”
Shula said, “What is a small flaw?” I think about that all day long. What is a small flaw? I see that with my children. Ive let a lot of things slide by because I was too tired. I didnt want another confrontation. But uncorrected errors do multiply. Youve got to face them some day. You might as well face them on the spot. If I could do it over again with my children, Id face the errors on the spot. Its easier on them and on you. That works in relationships with anyone. If theres something under the surface, something you sense, you might as well just bring it right out. Face it right then. Success lies in the details. Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.