The rest of that paragraph bob wrote about "the trick to achieving excellence" is pure John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who won 665 games and ten NCAA Championships in twelve seasons, including 7 in a row from 1967 to 1973.
bob said "The trick is just to get a little better tomorrow. And then the day after that. And the day after that. If you keep on getting better pretty soon you’ll be pretty good. But if you keep on learning, studying, and paying attention and then applying everything you learn to become better – who knows, maybe we will achieve something close to excellence."
John Wooden said "In anything, failure to prepare is preparing to fail. One of the points in the seven point creed that my dad gave me was "Make each day your masterpiece." You're not going to make great improvement in one day. But, if you miss out one day, you've lost a little bit. You've got to build up a little each day. It's little things that eventually become big things and make big things happen. It's building up on the little things, and youngsters must understand that."
By the way, in preparing his teams for games
Coach Wooden never mentioned winning.
He was an amazing player, coach and teacher,
loved by his players, both stars and bench-warmers.
Well into his 90's, he can still be seen courtside
at NCAA games during March Madness.
[click here] and scroll to the bottom
for a synopsis of his great career
or "google" his name if you want to learn more about him and his influence on basketball and the men he coached.