“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”- Babe Ruth
The percentage required for success…
in baseball should give us all some relief.
Ted Williams said “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”
In the major leagues, .300 always has been regarded as a special number. Like a 20-point-a-game scorer in basketball or a 1,000-yards-a-season rusher in football, it is a benchmark for excellence. A .300 season will get you a pay raise.
However, when we look at our own life, career, pursuit of dreams and excellence, do we give ourselves that kind of leeway, to have 7 strike outs out of 10?
But what new idea, vision, initiative or action might get birthed if we did? Or what persistence might keep a dream already birthed alive?
The drives to “get it right the first time,” “avoid looking bad at all costs,” or “throw in the towel” causes the miscarriage or early death of so many inspirations.
You can say “But life isn’t baseball.”
I’ll respond with “But life is always happening first in your mind…and what chances are you not giving yourself right now because of the fear of striking out?”
Is it a career change? A business venture having you go out on your own? A stretch outside of the comfort zone in some area of health, relationships, creativity?
Look, you can resist and argue with the inspiration of these weekly missives, or you can just use them to take actions that you wouldn’t have anyway.
Who are you going to be after your 7th strike out? Learning and still swinging out, or resigned and aborting.
Take the 8th, 9th, or 10th swing today on something you’ve considered “game over” while you think about Micky Mantle’s quote
Let me know what you see for yourself. And to discuss your game or batting support, Click Here for an at-bat chat.
Got swinging out?
“During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.”- Mickey Mantle
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.
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