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March 14, 2016

It's All How You See It

"It’s a game of failure."

I kept hearing these words from baseball players and coaches while visting with the Pirates, Padres and Dodgers last week for spring training.

After all, even a hall of fame player will fail to get a hit 2 out of 3 times. And most players will fail to get a hit 3 out of 4 times. A pitcher will give up hits and home runs and fielders will make errors.

Yes, baseball is a game where you fail often. But when talking to the teams I offered a different perspective.

I said, "I don't believe baseball is a game of failure. I belive it's a game of opportunity!"

No matter what happened on the last play, pitch, or at bat you get the opportunity to make the next one great.

In the words of Babe Ruth, "Every strike brings me closer to the next homerun."

It's the same way with life. Anyone pursuing anything worthwhile will fail and fail often.

I certainly have failed many times but when I look back I realize I wasn't failing, I was growing.

I wasn't failing, I was becoming.

I've learned that you can dwell on the past or look forward to making the next opportunity great.

You can see life as a game of failure or opportunity.

It's all how you see it.


Jon Baseball

I love learning from incredible leaders like these three managers.

Clint Hurdle (Pirates), Andy Green (Padres), Dave Roberts (Dodgers)


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