Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“Let Us Prepare / Put On Your Socks / Let’s Do the Undoable”


“John Wooden was arguably ‘the’ greatest coach of all time in any sport. The guy won 10 championships in 12 years at UCLA and had an 88-game undefeated streak that ran nearly 3 years.

Wooden was all about consistency on the fundamentals and had an awesome way of kicking off each season.  Imagine the greatest young basketball players in the US showing up for the first day of practice.  Guess what Coach would start with…

He’d show them how to put on their socks.

Why?  Because if they couldn’t put their socks on just right, they might get a blister.  Get a blister and they might miss practice time.  Miss practice time and their game-time performance would suffer.

The equation was simple:  Blister = No championship. 


Kinda begs the question:  Any ‘blisters’ slowing you down?

If so, you might wanna look at how you’re putting on your socks.

Fact is, when we don’t pay attention to the little things, we’re gonna get blisters.   (Brian Johnson, Chief Philosopher, ‘A Philosopher’s Notes’)



“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”   (Benjamin Franklin)



“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”   (Seneca)



“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”   (Abraham Lincoln)



“Never try to be better than someone else.  Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be.  Success is the by-product of that preparation.”   (John Wooden)



“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable.  Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not ‘eff’ it after all.”   (Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency)


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