Nothing better than sitting back at the ball park on a nice summer day eating hot dogs, drinking beer or your beverage of choice taking in a baseball game with your family or friends. I don’t know of a much better way to spend a day. It’s America’s past time. I am a die hard Red Sox fan, so going to Fenway Park is something that I look forward to as that is when the weather is best here in Massachusetts. Enough with the chit chat.
So, why is baseball such a unbelievable teaching tool for business and/or Entrepreneurship?
There is not a quick and easy answer, but let’s go over a few basics and then expound on them.
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- A professional baseball team has 25 players on it’s roster.
- There are only 9 baseball players on the field at one time.
- Each player is judged on how well they hit, catch, or throw a baseball (pitcher).
- A great baseball player only hits the baseball 3 out of 10 times they’re up to bat.
- Even though baseball is a TEAM sport it’s really more about each individual player and how they perform on a given day.
- A baseball season is 162 games long that spans 6 months. It’s a grind! Especially, since they play in the summer months and doing anything in 90 degree heat or higher, can take a toll on your body.
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How Baseball Is A Good Teacher For Entrepreneurs
- As an entrepreneur you often are the founder or the originator of your company. Your success literally depends on you.
What do you mean by that?
You may have a team around you, but the company will only go as far as you personally take them.
Let’s assume for argument’s sake that you’re a speaker and organizations pay you a ton of money to speak.
Well, it’s on you to deliver an excellent speech in which you’re being paid to do.
Your individual effort is critical to the success of your company.
Just like a second baseman’s individual production is critical to the success of the team.
As much it’s about your team, it’s more about you, if you’re going to be a successful entrepreneur.
- A great baseball player only hits the ball 3 out of 10 times.
They fail 70% of the time.
Think about that for a second. A great baseball player fails 70% of the time and they’re considered successful.
What’s the lesson for entrepreneurs?
It’s okay to fail. And more often than not you’ll probably fail like crazy before you succeed.
You want to fail.
So, you can learn from what didn’t work so you can do it better the next time.
[insert name of a successful entrepreneur] and I can guarantee you they’ve fail a ton.
Fail as many times as it takes to get it right. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
- Baseball players play 162 games in 6 months (literally playing every day) in not so pleasant conditions at times. It’s a freaking grind.
Baseball players have to bring it day in and day out for 6 months. They play every day in that time period. It’s physically and mentally taxing on your mind and body. Also, you travel from city-to-city which puts a toll on your body too. And not to mention you have to PERFORM at a high level every day. There’s no time for slacking off.
Same goes for you as an entrepreneur, but here’e the difference.
You need to do it for 12 months a year. No exceptions. There’s no time to screw around.
Which means you need to bring it EVERY single day!
If you do that and you’re good at what you do, then you have the chance to paid as handsomely as a professional baseball player, maybe more. It’s up to you.
As an entrepreneur it’s a grind and if you want to succeed you’ll need to bring it every single day.
That’s what baseball can teach you about entrepreneurship.
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