What does America’s favorite pastime and the world’s fastest growing medium have in common?
For starters both show off your talents, allow you to be in the spotlight (if you choose) and gives you control of what you put out and take in.
As a HUGE baseball fan who is getting ready to watch the All-Star Game, I couldn’t help but share some positive similarities between the two and share some perspective on the importance of staying true to your voice.
1. Show up every day and play hard. Cal Ripken Jr., a baseball shortstop, played 2,131 consecutive games in his 21 years as a major league player. To date he holds the record for most consecutive games played, a record that was previously held for 56 years by the legendary Lou Gehrig.
- Translation: Go out and play hard, post, comment, and share as often as you can. Always go out and put yourself out there and get noticed. Be professional, determined and motivated. Get out there and create your own legacy.
2. Show off your talent. Jim Abbott, a major league pitcher for ten years was born without a right hand. This impediment did not stop him from receiving several accolades including a gold medal at the 1988 Olympic games and pitching one of the most dramatic no-hitters in baseball history.
- Translation: Don’t get boggled down by all the word CAN’T or by obstacles that get in your way. If you are unable to accomplish your goal because one door has closed, simply build the door that will get you to where you want to be. Personify determination.
3. Get the tools that will make you a winner. The New York Yankees have won 27 World Series Championships in 40 appearances. The most wins by any American sports franchise team in history. How did they accomplish this? They went out obtained the best players to wear the pinstripes and be a part of a legacy.
- Translation: Go out and get the best tools available to you to become the best in your niche. There are tons of free apps, widgets, plugins, social management systems, etc that will help get noticed and help you work smarter and not harder. In this case, it is not about outspending the next blogger to show off how great you can be. Be great by obtaining the tools that will work for you.