Lessons from baseball


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I recently ran into one of my son’s old coaches from a previous baseball team. I asked how baseball was going, and was surprised to hear that the son had quit baseball. His son walked up at that moment, and the dad went on to explain (in front of his son) how his coach last season wasn’t fair to his son and didn’t play him much. So, he got discouraged and quit.

This was particularly interesting to me, because my 14 year old son is going through a challenging time on his select baseball team. He has had a shoulder injury that has slowed him, and for the first time ever he is not playing every inning of every game. Saturday, he struggled at the plate. After the game, which ended at 9:00 PM, he insisted on me pitching to him in the batting cages there at the field. So, while everyone else went home to bed, we spent another 30 minutes (until they turned the lights out) in the cages.

I do not know if my son will have the skills to be a baseball player. But, if he carries his work ethic over into whatever vocation he chooses, he will be a success.

You can learn a lot from watching kids. All of them will eventually struggle. When they struggle, do they blame the umpire? The coaches? Or does it motivate them to work harder so the next time they will succeed? Much of their success will be determined by how they react to their challenges. If they use the challenges to motivate them to higher levels of achievement, they will eventually succeed.

How do you react to challenges? Do they spur you on to work harder? To learn new ways to handle the challenges?

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