I was happy when a mentor told me that in any endeavor there are a half a dozen things that make up 95% of our success, and that there are hundreds of things that make up the other 5%. Our challenge is not to focus on the 5% but on mastering the fundamentals. The most successful people are those who master the basics. Fortunately, I also learned the correct syntax for success from my mentor. The proper foundation for success at anything is an education that compresses what it has taken other people years to learn into a few weeks.