As you consider your own K-12 school years and your undergraduate college or graduate school experiences, if you continued with your education, who were the teachers that really mattered to you? Who were the ones who made your learning journey interesting, safe, even fun? Who were the ones who supported your efforts to master tough subjects? Who were the teachers who listened as you talked about your goals, career aspirations, and dreams? Who helped you shift from one possible career path to the one you’re on now? Who were the ones who gave you encouragement, praise, and even tough love, when they caught you not doing or being your best? Want to hear my guess? It’s a small number of the faculty that you encountered who actually made a difference in your life.
Certain American companies have stood for 100 years or more. What makes them go on and on and on?
Your actions speak louder than your words. Want to succeed? Do the Little Things that successful people do.
If you are truly empathic about the needs of your fellow citizens, can you also be just as empathic toward the police officers or sheriff’s deputies who come to your aid, with the primary intent of protecting (themselves and you) and serving (you and others)? A little understanding of how their culture orients their worldview can help you understand why they do what they do.
Baseball is a business, a billion-dollar business to be sure, so it can help us to see how the work on the diamond and in the dugout echoes in our desire to succeed in business. Consider these nine (a number that shows up a lot in baseball) parallels from baseball as applied to the game of business.