I once heard this analogy about a golfer who had won an amateur tournament that allowed him to compete in a Professional Event. This golfer had idolized all the golfers on the pro tour and had been playing his entire life for an opportunity like this. The day of the event came and he rose bright and early to take a few minutes early and get to the event early to hit a few balls so he’d be nice and warm for the tournament.
He was surprised to see relatively few people getting ready there but shrugged it off and went about his driving and putting practice. After he was done, he saw some of the players arriving, including one he particularly was fond of. He worked up the courage to say hello to one of his childhood idols and they spent a few minutes chatting when he finally worked up the courage to ask why the professional golfer hadn’t shown up early to take a few practice swings and putts. His answer is the moral of the story and our topic:
“Listen kid, if you didn’t bring it with you, you’re not going to find it here.”