How to Get Ahead
Throughout my career in baseball, both as a player, and as a coach, I've always wondered how to get ahead, how to get noticed, how to advance in the profession.
I've come to the conclusion that the answer is the same in any industry.
"Get rid of the fantasy that there is, somewhere, a world in which you're not going to find determinants around you or above you that have some way of trying to limit you...We're always going to have limits. The question is, how much those limits are going to impede our own growth and our own development and our own getting good, and take back that freedom and that space and do it within the spheres of influence that we have control over."
My takeaway is this.
Quit making excuses. Nobody can truly hold you back unless you allow it. Take the power back. When it comes to things that are within the realm of your control, "Be so good they can't ignore you."
That last quote is one Hawk references often, attributing it to comedian Steve Martin. There is also a book titled So Good They Can't Ignore You, by Cal Newport, that after writing this, I suddenly feel like I need to move it up to the top of my list and read it very soon. Dr. Cloud also has authored a handful of books that I'd like to get my hands on as well.