What is the difference between a great team and an average team?
90+ minutes. Everyday you will see more how those 4 or 5 final minutes make the difference.
A "smaller" team will make it's best effort, but due to physical, mental, strategic, and technical differences, their best effort will at most, allow them to be in the game for about 89 minutes.
The bigger team is so confident in both the strategy and the players, that from minute 1 to 90+ you see them work on the other team. They have a plan. But if that plan fails, they have individuals who can see beyond the plan and change the game themselves. The whole team has to be the best, and willing to work hard. Newbies will get there, but slowly it takes time. It is as much about the collective as it is about the individuals... That is what gets you through the full 90+ minutes.
In the future, if not already, the same goes for architecture firms. Stronger firms who are able to go from point A to B faster, smarter, and delivering a better experience in every step of the way will dominate the international scene. Almost good is not good enough. Good idea is not good enough.
There is no room for almost! You've gotta bring it be great for the full 90+ minutes.