“Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.”
— Mario Andretti
Today’s wise words come from Mario Andretti (born 28 February 1940) is an Italian-born American former racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport.
Mario Andretti’s name in American popular culture has become synonymous with speed. The following are some other interesting facts about Carlo Andretti:
- He is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championshipand NASCAR
- He also won races in midget cars, and sprint cars.
- He was the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978, and 1984)
- He was also one of only three drivers to have won major races on road courses, paved ovals, and dirt tracks in one season, a feat that he accomplished four times
- He became the first driver to have won IndyCar races in four different decades
From the above points you can see that Mario Andretti has been very successful in his chosen field of racing. If you look closely, you will also see that he has had the flexibility to adapt himself to a range of vehicles, courses and surfaces. This is an essential quality for those serious about achieving their goals.
Mario Andretti’s quote is a good reminder that the path to achieving a goal is often not straight forward. Therefore you need to keep focused on your goal, and take action to get prepared so that you can take advantage of opportunities when they arise.
What action step will you take today to ensure you are prepared enough to seize opportunities in line with your goals which present themselves?
With warm regards