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Players vs. Benchwarmers                                                        March 2006

We've all had experiences in our lives where we were FIRED UP about something…a new project, a new love, a big ambition, a business idea…and then somebody comes along and "rains on your parade". You know the type. Instant enthusiasm killers. They are the ones who are ever-so-quick to point out all the risks and reasons why something won't work, why your idea is silly, or why you are more likely to fail than succeed.

Babe Ruth quote

Using the metaphor of a baseball game, these are the "benchwarmers." They feel most comfortable providing editorial commentary and rallying support for their opinion, yet won't set foot in the game. Naturally, by not playing they don't risk failing or looking bad, which from their point of view is a "safe" position to be in. Those who don't try can't screw anything up!

Babe RuthI'd argue, however, that not playing is the greatest failure of all. At the end of the day, aren't the only regrets we have in life the things that we wish we had the guts to pursue, say, or commit ourselves to?

It takes a tremendous amount of courage and commitment to step up and do what is required to be a great player (in whatever game you're in) - time and training, dealing with injuries and setbacks, and continuous learning and fine-tuning to be the best player you can be. But being in the game is where all the fun & magic is. That is where your character is built, where you experience your most memorable moments and intense emotions, and where you push beyond your boundaries to be all you can be. In short, it's what life is about.

You might hit a home run. You might not. You might make history. Or you might simply discover the freedom and peace of mind that comes from giving your very best. Whatever the case may be, just keep swingin' the bat!


Cheers and a smile,






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