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Part I: Lessons from Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
I have a picture in my home office of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, taken in October 1928, shortly after the New York Yankees swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Ruth and Gehrig were on top of the world that day. They remain the two most famous baseball players of their time, possibly ever. And yet in that photo, they look rather absurd. The duo seems slightly uncomfortable, dressed in cowboy hats, chaps and spurs to promote Madison Square Garden’s World Series Rodeo. When I first saw this photo, it perplexed me. Why were these sports heroes dressed so ridiculously? After I learned more about the history of that photo, it became clear that neither player really wanted to be in the rodeo promotion business. But the task was a requirement of the famous baseball players’ jobs and celebrity status, so of course, they did it.
Part II: The Price of Living Your Passion
I think there is a perception, especially among emerging leaders, that once you arrive at a certain level of leadership or success, you will no longer have to do anything you don’t want to do. This picture is proof that’s not the case. As leaders, there will be times when, due to pure necessity, we are forced to adapt and work outside the areas that give us energy. On days when I’m unenthused about my schedule or spend hours on something outside my passion, I look at this photo and remember we all must occasionally put on our furry chaps and cowboy hats so we can do the work we love.
Many professionals grow exhausted and disenchanted from chasing business gurus and quick-fix formulas. Rather than becoming knock-offs, we must learn to listen to the leadership lessons our lives have been trying to teach us. In “Uniquely You,” coming in May 2019, I will share my personal journey, and how it led me to lead uniquely, with you. Preorder your copy today!