Giving it Your All

Robert Terson

My late father was a huge baseball fan; it was his favorite sport.  He thought baseball was an excellent metaphor for life itself.  I’m inclined to agree with him.  As most of you know, Nicki and I have season tickets for the Chicago Cubs; I go to about 25 games a year, share the rest of the season with my friends and people I do business with.  On Saturday night June 16th the Cubs played the Boston Red Sox.  During that game the Cubs left fielder, Alfonso Soriano, hit a screaming line drive, a bullet, towards the third baseman, who bobbled the ball and committed what might have been an error if Soriano had chosen to run to first base (an axiom of the game, folks) instead of standing there frozen like a statue, watching the play unfold along with the rest of the 40,000-plus crowd.  By the time Soriano figured out the ball hadn’t been caught, was rolling on the ground, it was much too late—he was easily thrown out.

The crowd booed unmercifully.

Three—three no less!—of Soriano’s teammates patted him on the back, as if to tell him it was okay; no doubt their actions were motivated by the knowledge Soriano has leg issues, is in a lot of pain most of the time.  But you know what?  It wasn’t okay; it wasn’t okay by a long shot.  Nor was it ever okay in times past when Mr. Soriano hit what he thought was a home run and stood at home plate holding his bat and admiring the trajectory of the ball as it flew high and far…only to be, you guessed it, caught—YOU’RE OUT!

When he commits faux pas like that, Soriano is displaying a lack of respect for management, his teammates, fans, the game itself.  They’re paying this man $18,000,000 a year, my friends, and he can’t bring himself to run out a batted ball.  How disgusting is that?  It’s a sin, that’s what it is; a disgusting sin.

Alas, many of you are committing the same sin of “standing frozen at the plate,” not giving your work—to say nothing of the other areas of your life—your all.  You’re showing the same disrespect Soriano is displaying—to your company; coworkers; manager; customers; family; and, of course, yourself.  And to most of these people, it’s probably just as disgusting as watching Soriano play the game of baseball in such a halfhearted fashion.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  It’s time to cut out the lack-of-effort mediocrity you’re settling for and giving it your all.  Not tomorrow, or next week, next month, or “one of these days.”  Today!

What do you say?  Okay, they’re probably not going to pay you $18,000,000 for your effort; but whatever they are paying you, you’ll know you earned it.