Preparation

“The art of war is a science in which nothing succeeds which has not been calculated and thought out.”

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French Emperor and General

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV

Galatians 6:7 says, “A man reaps what he sows.” Here are three fundamental truths connected to this verse: You always reap what you sow; you always reap later than you sow; and you always reap more than you sow.

“I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come about by accident; they came through preparation and work.”

Thomas A. Edison

Good luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Dig your well before you’re thirsty

When planning a speech from scratch, follow this 2000 year-old advice from Horace (65-8 B.C.), the famous Roman poet and satirist: “Seek not for words, seek only fact and thought. And crowding in will come the words unsought.”

Semper Paratus – (Latin for ‘Always Prepared’)

The main cause of nervousness is fear of the unknown.

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”

George Washington (1732-1799), first U.S. President