If you’re the kind of person who likes to get to the point without having to go through the story, the point is “Excellence only comes through patient to commitment to improvement over the long term.”
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If you want to read the whole story, read on.
I came across a story about a guy who wanted to get rid of weeds from his perfectly manicured lawn. The expert he hired gave him the choice of killing the weeds, or growing the grass. The guy was of course confused, until the expert explained. Killing the weeds is easy. The only problem is it makes the lawn itself weaker and in the longer term it is susceptible to more weed attacks. The other alternative is to make the grass stronger, so that it eventually pushes the weeds out. To grow the grass is the more effective solution in the long term but it takes more time and more work.
Short term easy fixes versus long term hard work are major themes in probably every field. I see it every time a politician speaks on CNN, I see it every time I see a junior coach cheats to win a match and I see it in a week were two coaches (Gulinelli and De Giorgi) were fired in Italy. I can’t possibly judge those particular situations (actually I can and do judge the junior coach) but I do know how difficult it is and how long it takes to create something worthwhile. Long term success is not created overnight. Raising standards and expectations takes time. People are uncomfortable with standards being raised and will sometimes fight against it. Matches can be lost while new methods are implemented and learnt. Those moments are difficult and they test the patience and commitment of all. But ultimately excellence only comes through patient improvement over the long term. There is no other way. The grass must be strong.
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