Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins, was talking to a reporter about a player's
mistake in practice. He said, "We never let an error go unchallenged. Uncorrected
errors multiply." Then the reporter said, "Isn't there benefit in
one small flaw?" Shula said, "What is a small flaw?" I think about that all
day long. What is a small flaw? I see that with my children. I've let a lot of things
slide by because I was too tired. I didn't want another confrontation. But uncorrected
errors do multiply. You've got to face them some day. You might as well face them on the
spot. If I could do it over again with my children, I'd face the errors on the spot. It's
easier on them and on you. That works in relationships with anyone. If there's something
under the surface, something you sense, you might as well just bring it right out. Face it
right then. Success lies in the details. Every job is a self-portrait of the person who
did it. Autograph your work with excellence.
Marabel Morgan in Homemade, February 1987.
The lesson of Munich was: When it is necessary to confront an expansionist dictator,
sooner is better than later. As Douglas MacArthur said, in war all tragedy can be
summarized in two words, "too late." Too late perceiving, too late preparing for
George Will, August 5, 1990.