In sports or in business, winning is why we play the game. It’s for the rush of that moment when we slay our fiercest opponent and get to toast our victory. The thing people talk about less in sports is that you don’t win every game. You can’t. One of the most crucial skills of any baseball player is the ability to prepare rigorously, give everything you have during the game and then (if you loose) be able to brush it off and work just as hard the next day. The Pirates open up today with the toughest schedule in the National League (to the right). The reality is that even if this team is going to make the playoffs, they could lose 15 of their first 25 (remember last year, they were 5-7 before they turned things around). The moral is to be patient with this team and resilient with your business.
Bonus Example… Jason Bay homered in his third at bat in his first playoff game (after being traded from the Pirates to the Red Sox), but the first two times he came to the plate he struck out. After the game he was asked, “After your first two strikeouts, were you worried you weren’t going to be good enough for the playoffs?” He got a great little smirk and said, “Of course not, strikeouts are a big part of my game.” One of my favorite baseball quotes ever.