Coach John Wooden and the Importance of Preparation

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Coach John Wooden

A divisional sales manager with T. Rowe Price in Maryland, Barrett Wragg has worked for the firm for 15 years. Recreationally, Barrett Wragg enjoys reading and considers Be Quick, But Don’t Hurry his favorite book. Written by Andy Hill and John Wooden, the book explores the secrets of the famed coach’s success.

Largely considered one of the best coaches in history, Wooden carried the UCLA basketball team to success in 10 national championships, including an unprecedented streak of seven wins in a row. Much of the strategy that Wooden used for success on the court translates well into the business world.

One of the key lessons Wooden taught focuses on preparation. Once an opportunity has arrived, it is too late to prepare. Players need to put in the time perfecting their skills during practice if they hope to perform under the pressure of a game. Similarly, people who want to get ahead in business must make themselves ready for the opportunities they desire before those opportunities are even a possibility. That way, when the chance to prove oneself arises, individuals have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and show that they are able to handle more responsibility. Preparation is one of the keys to moving up the corporate ladder.


The Greatest Wimbledon Champions in Tennis


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Roger Federer

A vice president with T. Rowe Price, Barrett Wragg leads a physically active lifestyle that includes frequent visits to the tennis court. Barrett Wragg also enjoys following professional sports, including Wimbledon.

Wimbledon is often regarded as the most coveted trophy in all of tennis. The tournament has been held at the same venue for nearly 140 years and has seen a number of the sport’s greatest champions prevail. On the gentlemen’s side, all-time greats Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg share the record of five consecutive tournament wins in a row. After dominating the tournament from 2003 to 2007, Federer again came away victorious in 2009 and 2012. His seven titles are tied with Pete Sampras for the most Wimbledon wins in men’s tennis.

Martina Navratilova owns nine Wimbledon singles trophies, the most among both ladies and men. Navratilova won her first Wimbledon trophy in 1978 and went on to defend the following season. From 1982 to 1987 Navratilova won the event on six consecutive occasions, another all-time record. The American tennis player reclaimed the Wimbledon crown in 1990 for the ninth and final time.