In the coaching community things such as hard work, dedication, a good attitude, and playing the game the right way have become such cliche roadmaps to success they almost always fall on deaf ears today. While these factors are no doubt true I would argue they will only get you 90% of the way to the top of the mountain. While most players won’t conquer the 90%, what is it that will get the players that do the final 10% of the way? One that I wrote about on Wednesday (if you missed that it’s on my blog HERE) was embracing the grind and mastering the battle over human nature; laziness, selfishness, blame, and excuses.
The second is this. When faced at a crossroads of objective opinions ALWAYS choose curiosity. Staying curious absolutely defines the greatest people in every field. Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, even someone like Chip Kelly. All chose a life of curiosity instead of a life of black and white; right and wrong. Matters within baseball are much too gray for someone to alway be right and for someone to be wrong, it is the great ones that choose curiosity. Try this exercise from Geoff Miller’s Book Intangibles.
Read the following sentence.
Embrace the Grind: Winning the war against human nature. Always choose curiosity. And conquer the last 10%