In baseball, just over a hundred players hit a homerun on their first at bat.
sense. That’s a lot of pressure without a lot of experience.
Most players are lucky enough to eek
out single, barely get on first, maybe steal a base or two; then, with smart
running, a solid lineup and little luck – score – then hustle back to the
dugout in the hopes of having another at bat later in the game.
entrepreneurs work the same. We publish our first book, put on our first show,
launch our first website, and we don’t expect fireworks. We’re just grateful
for the chance to play. And we’re hopeful that we might score enough to get into
the game and prove to the world (and to ourselves) that we’re capable.
That way, we
can start building a history that keeps our average up.
once in a while, a player comes along that doesn’t just knock one out of the
park – he knocks the cover off the ball.
Redford in The Natural, he takes a swing and takes the world by
never the same again.
happens, when we’re privileged enough to witness somebody’s homerun, it’s our
responsibility to show them the replay. It’s our responsibility to grab them by
the lapel and reveal what they can’t see for themselves. And it’s our responsibility to tell them what they’ve done,
why it matters, and why they need to keep swinging, every day, forever, until
it’s all over.
We need to
be a stand for these people’s greatness.
that brand of encouragement (which costs nothing, by the way) some people may never realize how bloody brilliant they
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