I believe preparation is the key to success. I believe this to be true because it applies to life in
so many aspects. Ever since I was little my dad would quote this and tell me that his wrestling coach
in college told him that. This quote goes hand in hand with the common theory that practice makes
An example that I’m sure would apply to everyone involves school. If you prepare for it the
night before by doing your homework, studying for any tests, and even getting your backpack ready
for the next day you’ll find it makes the next day a lot less stressful. Not only will your stress ease but
you’re more likely to succeed on your tests, your homework will be ready and done on time, and
you’re less likely to forget homework or books the next day. I’m sure everyone has had one of those
mornings where you roll out of bed just a little later than usual and not only can you not decide what
to wear but you remember you forgot to read those last few pages in your book. When I have a
morning like that it really just makes me wish I would’ve been more organized and prepared the night
I work at the Healdsburg Pool as a lifeguard. In order to get this job I had to go through 40
hours of training and multiple tests. I had heard it wasn’t that hard from other lifeguards, but looking
back if I hadn’t studied and practiced like I did, getting the job would’ve been very hard. Preparing for
the tests helped me to succeed by passing them. The more I practiced, the more confident I felt that
I would do well.
Maybe I feel so strongly about this because I’ve been hearing it ever since I was younger, but I
feel that if you’re prepared you can create more opportunities to live up to your full potential. High
school can seem pointless at times, we are taught things that seem like we’ll never use later in life.
But whether we realize it or not, it’s preparing us for the real world. And if preparation truly is the key
to success, we should try our best to apply the life lessons we’re learning and take them with us to
the next chapter in our lives, in hopes that we will reach our goals.
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