In life and in Baseball you will fail. You will fail more times than expected. You will fail, when you least expect it. But the big question is,  how can you grow from those failures? How will those failures define your next at bat, your next presentation or meeting, your next start on the bump?

In Baseball, you fail 7 out of 10 times at the plate, you’re going to the hall of fame. But if even 1 of those outs affects your focus that next at bat, you have already lost that at bat. The key is being able to have a short memory regardless of the prior outcome and do whatever it takes to win that next pitch. I have often referred to this as an “Own the Moment Mentality”. Own the moment you are currently in and do whatever it takes to win that pitch. If you do this enough times in a row and you convince the guy next to you to do this enough times in a row you have a chance you succeed as a team. Individually doing just that gives you a chance to succeed 3 out of every 10 chances at the plate. Ok, so what happens when you take on this “Own the Moment Mentality” and you fail more than 7 times out of 10?

Focus does not always prevent failure. However your Focus can be defined by what failures you have gone through. The more you have failed, the more diverse you have failed can impact how you prepare to succeed in the future and ultimately how you focus in that big moment to succeed. At the end of the day you have to learn why you encountered those road bumps, hurdle over them, and never look back. If you look back, if you ever start feeling sorry for yourself, you have already lost that next pitch, maybe that next at bat. Have a short memory, learn from your failures, and fight to “own the moment” every pitch to give yourself the best shot to succeed.

When you add it all up no one will remember the 7000 times Derek Jeter got out, but him. People will remember the 3000 times he didn’t, but he would have gotten out far far more if he had let those 7000 outs become road blocks instead of road bumps.