Today begins one of the biggest events in baseball each year, the World Series. It’s an event that’s happened since 1903 and this year it’s between the Dodgers and the Red Sox. Baseball has fascinated and attracted sports fans and even those who aren’t sports fans for over a century, from little leagues to the World Series and several rivalries that raise lots of attention and conversation. Today I thought we’d talk a little about some of the success insights we can learn from this big event.
It’s a competition of up to 7 games, or whomever gets 4 wins first. I like that there’s not a one-and-done requirement, that one game decides the ultimate winner of the 162 games teams play each year. Some years the team that wins sweeps the series, other times they play all 7 games and it’s neck-and-neck the whole time. Life is like this; it’s rare that we’re only allowed or given one try to get it right. So if you’re dealing with a failure don’t give up yet, move on to the next chance.
There’s a chance that any one of the 15 National League and any one of the 15 American League teams might end up there. There’s no rule that a team has to be there, or any rule that says a team can’t be there again. It’s totally up to each team to have the best players and play their best if they want to get into the World Series. It’s also up to each of us to determine our future and do what we need to do to be successful.
Teams play the games but they’re made of individual players who each bring their skills and talents to the field. There’s always a MVP and there are always standout players on a team, but each team is exactly that: a team. There can’t be just one or two players on a team, it wouldn’t be physically possible for them to do all of the work themselves. So the next time you find yourself trying to do everything, don’t be ashamed to reach out and ask for help.
More than just the team though, baseball is made up of hundreds of thousands of fans who cheer the teams on. Baseball wouldn’t be what it was without all the fans who watch/attend the games, buy the gear and talk with their friends, family and even strangers about the games. We celebrate our team’s wins and encourage them and cheer them on even when they lose. Everyone needs a cheering section, to celebrate their wins and encourage them through their struggles.
So what about you? What have you learned from baseball?