by Janet M. Shlaes, Ph.D.
“You always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky
As a baseball fan, I am continually intrigued by batting averages, finding it highly reassuring that a batting average of .300 is considered excellent. Think about it. In most pursuits, a 30% chance of success tends to serve as a demotivating factor, one that lessens the likelihood of taking action and poses a 100% guarantee of failure. With the odds in favor of a miss, how are ballplayers able to develop their batting ability? It’s highly likely that each time a ballplayer steps up to bat, he’s more focused on the likelihood of a hit, rather than on that of a miss. Practice and preparation leads to focusing on the ball and swinging the bat and hopefully having the opportunity to run and score. What do you tend to focus on – the potential hit or miss?
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