“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” -Colin Powell (former Secretary of State)
One of my lacrosse coaches in boarding school was a man named David Reece, who has most definitely, taught me the importance of life in two, simple words. It happened before the start of one particular practice when we did not have a game scheduled during the week. A player asked Coach Reece if we could skip the routine (and often boring) stretch and warm-up, in the interest of just getting practice started and finished. Coach’s response was very simple:
“No, because we will not skip what is important!”
The player inquired how it [stretching] was important and coach responded by saying:
“…because it’s one little thing that adds to a big part of our regimen and responsibility… whether it’s stretching out, tying your shoe laces, taping your stick, tweaking your pocket… even in practice… Everything Counts!”
He would always say that in a commanding voice when somebody would try and “cut corners” sort-of-speak. I take those words very seriously. It has not only helped me as a player on the field but as a professional – trying not to overlook or take anything for granted, especially in the “real world”.
2 years ago to this day, the foundation of The Art of Lax™ was being finalized. I promised myself, 24 drawings and 3 paintings done before the deadline of my 30th birthday – Nov. 16, 2008. One of those paintings is titled “Everything Counts” and it is based on my experience and lesson from Coach Reece and the sport of lacrosse. It is a reminder that if something is very important to you, make Everything related to it Count… EVERYDAY.