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Gaining Greatness or Dwelling in Defeat?


Basbeball season is upon us. A new beginning where even the Pirates and Royals are still contenders for right now. I figured that would serve as great fodder for my blog. Do read even if your not a baseball fan. It’s a good read.

So Charlie Sheen is tossing fastballs. Well I guess he’d be like every rookie pitching prospect throwing heat. Those alone are pretty easy to hit. Life is like a crafty veteran ptcher and throws you a healthy diet of offspeed stuff. Curves, sliders and even knuckleballs. That’s where it gets tricky.

You have to make adjustments in order to have success with those. You also have to be expecting them when they come. That makes it tougher. What makes for those huge game or championship winning home runs? Being ready for them when they come and making the adjustments to stick with it and follow through.

Can you see why this is a great analogy about life? It’s easy to succeed when we have a straight course ahead. It’s so easy to fail when the course takes unexpected turns. Or is it?

The beauty of life is that it’s life. Things change often and usually when you least expect it. So why be caught off guard when that happens? Why not expect the unexpected instead of being flustered. If we shift our focus and begin to embrace the madness, is it really madness?

Sometimes things happen to spur you in a direction that’s better for you before you even know it. Why fight the current when you can grab a surfboard and ride the waves. I have often found some of my greatest success when being forced to react calm when everything around me is far from that.

I am not saying that it’s easy. It can actually be more challenging when you have this realization. That is the difference between gaining true greatness and dwelling in defeat. The great ones always find ways to adjust and stay focused. They actually embrace the madness and welcome the challenge it presents.

This is why I ask, are you going to stand firm in the box and hit home runs or buckle at the knees and strike out? Will you gain greatness or dwell in defeat.


  1. April 4, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Great post, Ronnie! I think that baseball is a great analogy for life. For example: the winningest pitcher is also lost more games than any other pitcher. Babe Ruth struck out nearly twice as many times as he hit home runs. You don’t have to be perfect for success, you just have to be more efficient and hardworking than others.

    • April 5, 2011 at 4:39 AM

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for the comment love.
      Funny thing is I was writing this on a bus with my blackberry.
      I have made up my mind to be steady and consistent with this blog, if even short with some entries.
      I look forward to seeing you again down the road!


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