William Lamar Beane was on the fast track to professional baseball. The top-rated high school player in the nation, he was scouted by college and professional teams. After foregoing a full-ride scholarship to Stanford for football and baseball, this all-star athlete was eventually recruited by the New York Mets and signed on as the shining new addition, Billy Beane.
Raised in a Naval family, Beane was taught how to play baseball by his father, who expected perfection. What he wasn’t taught, however, was the very thing that became his Achilles heel. Beane had no concept of, or coping mechanism for, failure, because it rarely happened. However, as he met his match in the big leagues, he began to see mistakes in his game. Failures in every game. Known for his temper, the dugout would huddle to one side of the bench as Beane tore it apart, going so far as taking a bat to the dugout toilet and destroying it.
It wasn’t his mistakes that were his failure, nor was it the reason he spent the next eight years, being traded from one minor league team to another. His failure was his inability to come back to the game after his mistakes.
This week’s challenge stems from the story of Billy Beane. The man who eventually became the manager of the Oakland A’s, and who the movie and book, Moneyball, is based on.
Challenge of this week: recognize how you deal with your mistakes. What is your reaction to failure?
All these posts revolve around change. The ability to recognize our behavior is paramount to and always precedes our ability to actually change. When you break a bone in your body you have to recognize which bone has been broken before you fix it.
If you don’t know how you react to failure, or even recognize failure in your every day, then next week’s post will be useless. Please take the time to recognize how failure affects you.
Best of success to you this week!