We’ve all heard, read, or witnessed, first hand, how failure can ruin a career. That’s a pretty common topic in the baseball circle right? But you know what else can ruin a career? Success.
We’ve all experienced success…whether it be having a big weekend at the plate, making “the” team, or committing to a legit college. It comes in all shapes and sizes. However, there is a problem that comes with success…we can fall into the trap of thinking that success is permanent and the truth is, that it is anything but true.
It’s not particularly hard to have some type of successful. What’s really hard is to continue to sustain success, day in and day out, as we continue to advance in our career.
Every goal we accomplish or every time we move up a level, the slate is clean. The game doesn’t care who you are or what you’ve done and neither do the people you’re competing against…for the same goals.
Don’t let success soften you. Remember why you were successful (work ethic, mindset, process, etc.) and realize what you’ve done in the past is now the bare minimum. As you progress in this game, EVERYONE you’re competing against is doing that. What makes you stand out?
You can’t bottle up success and keep it. It is earned one day at a time, one game at a time. And it only gets harder to achieve. Earn success today, don’t just assume it will happen because of the past. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute