So my commute to work is pretty brutal. There’s no denying it. It typically takes me around an hour, but with traffic and construction, it can be even longer.
I make the most of it though by listening to a lot of different podcasts and audiobooks…”Automobile U” is a term I’ve heard that accurately describes this strategy.
I listen to a decent amount of “baseball stuff”, but I also really enjoy listening to people that are really good at what they do, whether it’s a successful CEO, entrepreneur, teacher, etc.
Why do I waste my time with non “baseball stuff” you ask? Because being successful is being successful…the traits and strategies used to run a successful business are the same traits and strategies necessary to make a successful baseball player, coach, or leader.
My most surprising take away? That the best of the best understand that they DON’T know it all! Despite being super successful already, they still are unsure about a lot of things. They are constantly looking for new knowledge and ways to better themselves and the people around them.
This is how we need to be as players and coaches (and parents). We don’t know it all. NO ONE knows it all. Be open minded. Be hungry to learn. Ask questions. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. Surround yourself with those types of people and a lot of good will come from it.
Don’t let your need to be “right” get in the way of your development. Never stop learning. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute