The big animals were playing a football game against the small animals. The score was sixty seven to nothing in favor of the big animals at halftime. At halftime the small animals had Lou Holtz come in and give a motivational speech to get them ready for a comeback. The small animals kicked off at the start of the second half. The big team took possession of the ball and it looked like more of the same for the second half for the small animals. The Zebra who was the quarterback for the big animals handed the ball off to the Buffalo who ran around the right end for a three yard loss. Everybody looked around but no one knew who made the play. On second down the Zebra handed off to the cheetah that tried to go around the left end but was stopped for a five yard loss. Everyone on the field looked around the field but still no one knew who made the play. On third down the Rhinoceros lumbered up the middle and was stopped on a dime at the line of scrimmage. It was fourth down and the big animals had to punt for the first time in the game. The coach of the small team called a time out and came on the field and asked the team "how are we doing this? Who made all those great plays? Who tackled the Buffalo, who tackled the Cheetah, who stopped the Rhinoceros"? The centipede held his hand up and said "I did". The coach said we could have used you in the first half where were you"? The centipede replied "Getting my ankles taped!"
Point: Sometimes we have to pay the price in the beginning to reap the reward in the end. It is called preparation.