Lesson From A Giant
I got to thinking recently, after hearing about Sean Ogle meeting the 7UP guy, actor Orlando Jones. [Drummers reading might also recognize Jones from his role as Dr. Lee, in the movie Drumline]
Sean’s story, and the lessons he took from that encounter, made me reminisce about the night I partied at the Hollywood Hills home of San Francisco Giants starting pitcher, Barry Zito! One can’t help but snoop around a bit in a house like that. There were the rooftop lap pool and hottub, the in-the-wall iPod dock that pumps tunes into every room, the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Los Angeles (complete with remote controlled electric blinds), the pimped out master bedroom and one Major League Baseball award after another. But what made the biggest impression on me? The small, unassuming office/workout room downstairs . . .
If I could add one lesson to Sean’s list of things to be learned from guys like Orlando and Barry, it’d be this:
Believe In Yourself
I say that because, in most cases, ain’t nobody gonna do it for you. The walls, desk and gear in Zito’s little workroom were covered with notes, large and small, reminding himself what things he should be doing, why he was doing them, and that he was indeed capable of doing them. The one that stuck with me the most was simply:
You can’t stop a guy with that kind of confidence. That level of intent. That focus.
Many of us recognize how detrimental putting ourselves down can be and, therefore, may attempt to avoid that. But how often do we really go the opposite direction and pump ourselves up? A little positive self-talk can go a long way.
Remember those Mad Libs books from when you were a kid? Let’s do one, Barry Zito style . . .
If the above doesn’t exactly fit your current situation or needs, I bet you still get the idea. Make your own blanks, fill ’em in, post this all over, read it everyday and start believing it. Who knows what could happen!
What does your Mad Lib say?
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(photo by Evan Courtney)