The word turn, comes ultimately from the same source as 'wand'.

The Turn Around

When a company running a deficit generates the revenue to post a profit, it's said to turn around.

The same is said for sports teams and people.

When things aren't going well, and the momentum shifts positively, they've turned around.

Everybody knows the secret for teams, companies, and people is to keep doing what they do and act on opportunities.

Success happens when preparation meets opportunity.

So why don't turn arounds happen more often?

One challenge is that opportunity is deceptive.

We typically expect big visible opportunities, but turn arounds only appear to happen instantaneously.

A turn around is a one hundred and eighty degree change in direction.

Achieved by taking one hundred and eighty 'one degree' steps.

An image of a merchant vessel sailing in favourable trade winds, signifying the prosperity that arises from focusing on small steps.

Don’t forget the little things!

Make a list today of three major aspects of your life you want to turn around.

Now list one step you can take today for each aspect.

Missed a workout? Turn around.

Relationship on the rocks? Turn around.

Behind in your project? Turn around.

Now repeat that cycle every day.

You're halfway there.


"The ultimate source of turn is Greek tornos 'lathe,' which was probably related to Latin terere 'rub' (source of English attrition, dettritus, trite, etc). Latin took this over as tornus and formed a verb from it, tornare 'turn on a lathe,' hence 'round off, make smooth.' Old English borrowed tornare as turnian, which was later reinforced by Old Fench turner. To the same word family belong tour and tournament."

~ John Ayto’s “Dictionary of Word Origins”