Sunday, September 19, 2004


What is success? Is it money? no. Is it a great family? no. Is it charity? no. The list is endless of what is not success. My definition of success is a Darwinian journey. Success is like baseball.

1) Step up to the plate. (If you don't have balls, then you can't have babies)

2a) Swing. (Control your own destiny. Don't let anyone else control who you are or where you are going. There will be plenty of times when you strike out. There will be times when you hit fouls. There will be times when you get out. That is fine. That is life.)
2b) Swing. (Don't wait for your opportunity. Make your opportunity. Don't walk. Sure it gets you on base, but its because of the pitcher's failure, not your success.)

3) Make your adjustments. Learn from your strikes. Learn from your fouls. Learn from you outs. Learn from your hits. Go at it again. Resiliance is key.

4) Learn from others. There will always be someone better than you. Seek them out for coaching. Listen to them. You can learn in minutes what it took the greatest people lifetimes to learn.

So what's a leader? All of the above plus:

5) The ability to inspire those around you (e.g. your team at work) to become successes (see above). The ability to make those around you want to and become better. This can be done actively or passively.

4 easy steps, yet so many people fail to become successful.

I wish a happy birthday to my dad. A man who has been a leader every day of his life.

I love you daaaaaaad. (even though you'll never know this blog exists!)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sold on the "no balls, no babies" saying MC uses all the time. I don't know how many interviews I've read/seen where he says that. I appreciate the message, but do you think there is a better way to say it? I couldn't come up with anything, but I didn't give it much thought.

Good job on the success definition. It's a good read.


Mon Sep 27, 09:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger tony said...

success is what you make it, to him his own

i love the no balls no babies but lets not look at it negatively. lets say balls make babies babies

Tue Nov 09, 12:43:00 AM EST  

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