One of the things that separates the top ropers who really win all the time is their ability to stay focused on their game. That's probably one of the most commonly asked questions from people who are very talented and asking for advice on how to get better. What they're really trying to do is learn how to win. In order to achieve long-term success, you have to develop the ability to focus and concentrate on executing your runs, no matter where you are or how much money's on the line. You need to be able to go execute your run and catch two feet to win, regardless of the circumstances.
There are so many talented ropers out there. Roping has gotten to be so competitive. But one thing that hasn't changed in the 30 years I've been participating is that if you are very consistent, develop the ability to catch a very high percentage of your cattle and are partnered right-where you're getting a lot of steers turned-you're going to win, no matter what. It might not always be first, but you're going to get some of the money.
Young guys typically get impatient and try to rope for first place all the time. On one hand it's good because it develops your ability to rope fast. But a lot of times you run over yourself and make a mistake, and the guy who makes a good, solid run and ropes two feet beats you.