Legendary Coach John Wooden once said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” 

This is such a profound and accurate statement in my opinion. Many of us live our lives at such a quick pace we often miss out on the small details that may seem trivial but over time can become big. 

Some of these things can be as small as taking the time to greet someone when you walk past them in the store or taking the time to call an old friend who has been on your mind of late. It might only take a moment or two of our time, but if we fail to do these things, it could have a profound impact – not only on our lives, but also the lives of those around us. 

Missing the little details can also become a problem in our work as well. It is amazing how fast little things seem to pile up and become big problems, causing many hours of unnecessary and unneeded work. 

Many times the best way to overcome these issues is to create good habits, which is sometimes easier said than done, but if done correctly, can be very helpful.

I hope to take Coach Wooden’s words to heart and try to focus a little more attention on the little details in order to avoid as many big issues as possible. 

•Matt Gardner is the Publisher of The Blackshear Times. Email him at mgardner@theblacksheartimes.com.