A few weeks ago I had the priviledge to spend a couple of hours with Dan Wilson. I have to admit that the main reason I signed up for his class has nothing to do with baseball because I'm not really the biggest baseball fan but everything to do with him being Dan Wilson. What I wasn't expecting was learning how complicated baseball really is. I came away with a much better appreciation not only of baseball but of how hard these guys work.
Besides learning how intense and intricate basball can be I learned that there are many similarities between life and baseball. There were also some pretty large differences as well and one of those is what I want to focus on. Did you know that baseball is essentially set up as a failure model? A player needs to succeed 3 out of 10 times to be inducted into the baseball hall of fame. I started to think about this and wondering what our lives would be like if we knew that we would fail 7 out of 10 times. I think that there would be a lot pressure and stress in our lives and way more opportunity for growth and development.
Dan Wilson was sharing what that meant to him as a player and to other players as well. After every at bat they go directly to watch how the at bat went to critique and improve, pitchers such as Jaime Moyer keep a notebook packed full with notes about every batter he has ever faced which he studies and adds to with every game. Even though these players know that they will only be successful 3 out of 10 times they do everything they can to learn how to be successful more often. These guys are in training 11 months out of 12 to be the very best they can be. How many months are we in training to be our very best?
Dan Wilson is a gracious, warm, encouraging, generous gentleman in every sense of the word. He shared many other wonderful things with us that day which I will carry with me always. However the message that had the most impact for me really was that it's okay to fail as long as I know that I am doing everything I can to improve so that I can succeed tomorrow. Just think if we hit 3 out of the park per year! Wow how cool would that be!?!? Seriouly though it's not the ones we hit out of the park that we learn from it's the strike outs where we learn the most valuable lessons.
Go out there and hit one out of the park today or at least give it your best effort - Yours in Health and FItness Jennifer Wuhoo Malocha