Coach John Wooden is well known for coaching his basketball players not to judge their performance on wins, but on whether they played to their full capability.
As I edit The Independent Athlete, I ask: Is this writing the best I can give? Would E.B. White pass this? Or Professor Strunk? The evaluation is worth prolonging the project. I want this book to connect with readers, not distract them.
By setting the deadlines at 2012’s end, I forced myself to get the content down. My habit had been to tinker with editing tasks before getting all of the content down. This time, using deadlines, I changed the way I write.
I hope readers will benefit from the attention to details.