Give Yourself Away
“Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:28 (ESV)
College and HS baseball teams have begun the 2018 season. Everything has been prepared for the hopes of a successful 2018 campaign. Hope is in the air for coaches, players, fans, administration and parents.
Attention to detail is the priority for every coach and their team in the coming few weeks…or is it?
Let me stretch your thinking for a moment. Great teams, like great leaders, serve one another. They care about the needs (not wants) of their fellow teammates, coaches and co-workers above their own. The “towel” becomes more important than the “stats.”
This week, I challenge you to take it a step further by investing in someone on your team who cannot repay your simple act of kindness. You might even consider doing something in secret for your teammate, boss, coach or co-worker. Serve them before yourself.
College basketball legendary coach, John Wooden once said, “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
Being a coach you would think a “perfect day” would be defined by a comeback win, a thrilling victory, or an upset over a rival team.
Obviously, that was not the case for Coach Wooden. The coach who won the most NCAA Championships in history understood that some things matter more than whether you win or lose.
In fact, I believe if Coach Wooden were still with us today, he would say you can lose a game and still have a great day. For Coach Wooden, the “towel” was more important than the “stats.”
It takes humility to put someone else’s needs before your own – someone who can’t even repay you. This way of thinking is not popular or practiced very much in our culture today, however it is what made Coach Wooden’s teams so hard to defeat. If you want to take your team, business and organization to the next level, create a culture that embraces Coach Wooden’s philosophy.
Because remember, “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
Have a great week!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 32 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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