Several years ago, we created our first baseball letter art piece for a graduation gift. It was a special piece and many of our letters are from this young man’s own equipment or home field. Along the back of the frame we attached a few Lessons in Life that are learned on the field. We hope you enjoy reading this piece. Many of us in the studio have young baseball players. We know as parents that there are MANY lessons that are learned from sports, but somehow, baseball sticks out for us. PLAY BALL!
Life Lessons from Baseball
Don’t Argue Balls and Strikes – Even if you are 100% sure that it was bad call. Try not to blow up in the umpire’s face. It will usually result in an even worse outcome. Have you EVER seen an umpire change a ball/strike call?
Life Lesson: Learn to avoid the battles that can’t be won. Take the good with the bad and trust that the law of averages will eventually be on your side.
Attitude Matters – Tuck in your shirt, run to your position, and don’t ever throw your helmet.
Life Lesson: Take it seriously, but have fun. If things don’t go your way, don’t throw a fit, just figure out how to do it better next time. This is the attitude that makes a good employee, person, spouse, and friend.
Learn to Bounce Back – You will strike out. You will make an error. You will try to steal a base and fail. Baseball is a game of failure, so use these setbacks as learning experiences. Failing isn’t bad. In baseball, if you fail 50% of the time at the plate, you have an incredible batting average
Life Lesson: Don’t let your failures blind you from your successes. Put yourself out there and learn from the setbacks. Don’t be afraid to take chances or let failure stop you from trying again.
Collect Yourself – A pick-off attempt is made and you dive back into first. Don’t be afraid to call time, brush yourself off, straighten your hat, and then lead off again.
Life Lesson: Learn to take small moments in life to collect yourself.
Don’t be Intimidated – It’s the pitcher’s job to intimidate you as a batter. He will throw curve balls at your head and inside pitches to your body. Who owns that plate, you or the pitcher? If the pitcher takes control, you lose. Don’t get intimidated, stand close to the plate and get your bat ready for what’s next.
Life Lesson: Who controls your life? You do. Stand tall, take control, and don’t let outside forces intimidate you.
Practice Teamwork – Getting to know your fellow team members, their habits, strengths, and weaknesses can serve to develop a solid core of trust and communication on the filed. It’s the chemistry that makes good teams great.
Life Lesson: Take the time to get to know your teammates in life. Learn what they can do for you, but more importantly, what you can do for them, and how you can succeed together.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask / Don’t Stop Learning – Having trouble with your swing? Not sure where the weakness in the strike zone is? The best ball players are those that are always trying to find out from others, what they cannot see themselves. What may seem impossible for you to spot may be immediately obvious to others.
Life Lesson: Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, help, or some on-the-side coaching. More importantly, be coachable.