Business Skills to Learn from Baseball

Major League Baseball GameAmerica’s favorite pastime isn’t great just for enjoyment and relaxation purposes; it’s also the source of many life and business lessons. After all, some of our culture’s most popular sayings (“You can’t win ’em all”; “Hit it out of the park”; and Yogi Berra’s famous, “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them”) are just a few examples that come from the diamond.

Saul Steinberg reminds us that, “Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.”

Filled with memorable characters and fantastic rags-to-riches stories, baseball is more than just a sport for millions of people. Over the next several posts, I’ll pull some of my favorite business lessons from America’s magnificent activity. Whether you’ve spent hours in the dugout or in the stands, or if you don’t know an RBI from HBO, you’ll find a lot of great inspiration, maybe a smile or two, and some business skills and personal business practices to help you succeed.

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