I had a thought about the dynamic of practicing and playing the game. This picture of Ethan in his baseball ready stance brought to light some perspective on practice. For him the practice is the part he likes the least. The game is where Ethan wants to be, baseball ready!
It’s a little different when you take a look business and life. We live in a world that has built large institutions around the “practice” not the “play.” People have made lucrative careers off the “practice.” I think they call them Professors. I’ve seen plenty who stayed in academia because they could never make it in real business world. I see the by-products of these institutions of “all practice, no play” every year as new interns come into the company. They don’t have a clue about the real world or how all they things they have been practicing for 4 years apply to the game. I believe, sadly, that is why so many kids out of college don’t end up in the career that they studied in.
My point is we should never stop playing the game to just practice. I can practice all day with Ethan to make sure he can field a ground ball. He will never really know how to do it until he steps into the game and in the midst of fatigue, battle, and all the other dynamics swirling around, will he really make the play.
We should never stop learning. We should never stop playing the game. It’s a balance between the two. Every book I read, every strategy I build, every project I direct teaches me how to improve. I’ve had some successes in my years of playing the game, and plenty of failures. They all taught me something different. It’s a life long journey to learn and play the game the best. It’s never over, and it should always improve.
Breathe In & Smile Out,