Preparation Is Half the Victory! Miguel de Cervantes was born in Spain in 1547. He was
injured in battle and his left hand was permanently
crippled. But he loved writing and despite this handicap, he
created Don Quixote, often called the ﬁrst true modern novel.
However, he wrote for decades, constantly improving his skills
over time, before achieving this success. Cervantes wrote, “To be
prepared is half the victory.” We should listen to him. Constant
training and preparation to improve your skills will pay off when
opportunities arise. You never know when your skills will prove
useful, but being prepared will help you meet life’s challenges.
New assignments are chances for you to prepare, so use what you
are learning now to be prepared for challenges in the future.
—Daily Positives by Edward P. Fiszer, Ed. D