For Abdul, preparation paid off big time years ago when she was trying to catch her first break by auditioning for a spot as a Laker girl. The experience also taught her another important lesson: Persistence is critical.
While Abdul ultimately landed the Lakers spot, it took several tries to get noticed amid a sea of more than 1,000 girls.
"I remember I got cut before I could dance," she said of her first audition. She tried again, this time using a different name. Again, she got cut. It wasn't until the third shot that she finally made it through.
It shows the power of perseverance. "Never give up," she said.