Wherever I Wind Up - Inspiration For Entrepreneurs

Posted by Keith Jolie on Monday, April 15, 2013 Under: Strategies
As you may or may not know, the Toronto blue jays have a knuckle-baller named R.A. dickey.  If you were just to look at his most recent career milestones you might just accept that he's a phenomenal pitcher with a unique pitching style.  He recently has broken numerous records and he's got one of those Cy Young awards...in fact he's the only knuckle-baller to ever earn the Cy Young award (given to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball).  There's much more to R.A. Dickey however than his recent success would have you believe.

In his book Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball , R.A. talks about the long road that led to where he is now.  This isn't a business book, but in business and especially for entrepreneurs, the difference between success and failure is often persistence.  

R.A. Dickey's story of persistence in spite of adversity is undeniable. He lost the $810,000 signing bonus on his first major league contract when a routine medical showed that he was missing a ligament in his arm. He was more than once the victim of childhood sexual abuse. He persevered through a long struggle towards bringing his level of play up to Major League levels and through all of these challenges, R.A. demonstrates the value of persistence and dedication to a craft that few could match. 

How many times have you been told that you should pursue something that wasn't your dream?  

R.A. played minor league ball in one town for so long he was pressured to run for mayor - he had to convince the town that he was serious about being a major league pitcher.  

In an interview this morning on CBC's Q, R.A. was discussing the start to the current Blue Jays season and he said "no one on that field wants to win more than me". This is the sort of statement that you often hear as a sound bite when an athlete is interviewed, but in R.A.'s case, his past certainly seems to demonstrate the veracity of that statement.

Baseball is often a great analogue for business and we all can use a reminder from time to time that we just need to persevere.  This book is a great reminder of that fact.  Recommended.

By Keith Jolie

In : Strategies 

Tags: "r.a. dickey" persistence entrepreneur perseverance 
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