Risk Takers

From “A Year of Living Consciously” by Gay Hendricks:

“Babe Ruth said, ‘Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.’ And he should know—in the course of hitting all those home runs, he also struck out more than any other player. So What? When you think of Babe Ruth today, strikeout is not the phrase that comes to mind. Babe Ruth and home run are forever entwined in our minds.

“What would be your equivalent of hitting a home run? Would it be writing a poem or cooking a soup or getting into graduate school?’”On the other hand, what would be your equivalent of striking out? Writing a poem nobody liked? Cooking a soup yo weren’t happy with? Getting rejected?

“Notice that in each case, the strikeout can’t even happen unless you swing. It’s seldom the things you try and fail at that deeply trouble you late in your life—it’s the things you never tried to do at all.”

There’s a lot of wisdom in this handful of paragraphs, isn’t there?

We all know what it’s like to strike out—to reach for a goal and then fall short. But seldom do we remember that if we don’t get up and swing, we give up the chance for a home run.

Babe Ruth said it best,” Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” So let’s take the Babe’s advice! Let’s not be held back by the fear of striking out. Let’s be risk takers, not spectators. Let’s remember that every strike brings us closer to our goal. Let’s get out on the field and swing with all our might and main!

Write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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