Little things matter.
When you add up little things, they have a compounding effect.
Benjamin Franklin said the following:
“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
The great Kareem Abdul- Jabbar entered the locker room as a rookie basketball player for his freshman year of college at UCLA.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had been an All-American high school basketball player.
John Wooden, the greatest basketball coach who won ten NCAA basketball tournaments, was the head basketball coach of UCLA.
The first words Kareem Abdul-Jabbar heard from Coach Wooden mouth at that first basketball practice were the following.
“Hello Gentleman, today we are going to learn how to put on our basketball shoes.”
Kareem was aghast.
“Put on our shoes, you’ve got to be kidding me!” thought Kareem.
This wasn’t his first day on the rodeo.
Kareem had come to learn at John Wooden’s feet.
He just didn’t know it was literal.
Coach Wooden continued with his proper wearing of shoe instruction.
If you do not pull your socks on tightly, you’re likely to get wrinkles. Wrinkles cause blisters. Blisters force players to sit on the sideline. Players sitting on the sidelines lose games. We are not just going to tug. We are also going to make it snug.
The details matter.
When we don’t mind the details, things unravel quickly.