(Keeping competing simple)
“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” – Calvin Coolidge
The key to being better than your opposition: play harder, play better, make adjustments quicker, and adapt to your situation and access your strengths sooner before the other guy!
Or as Nathan Bedford Forrest, the great confederate general, put it: “get there the fastest with the mostest!”