There are somethings you want to know and know well before you head for open water. There won’t necessarily be time to learn these things adequately in the midst of trial. For sailing, one thing a person would want to know is his or her knots. You can’t be wondering is this knot is right when you’re in a hurry. It needs to be instinctive. It needs to be second nature. It needs to be automatic.

What are some things you’ve needed to learn: at work, at home, in your personal life? How have you made them automatic? What difference does that make?