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It is How You Finish

moneyball-posterMoneyball. Have you seen it? The 2011 baseball movie with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill was quite an amazing true story. IMDB describes it as “Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.” While watching this on a plane to Rome, one key phrase that Pitt’s character Billy Beane said was “All they care about is if you win the last game.”

In taking the time to think about this, one thing became evident. This statement is true in every facet of life, no matter how much hard work you put in.

Promotions will happen early to those who performed well on the last big project, whether or not they are ready for the leadership role. Other executives will perform well their entire career, make one bad decision and pull it all out from under themselves.

Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. Billy Beane is a great example of preparation and determination for career success. He has developed his personal brand with thoughtful resourcing, innovative uses of technology and open-mindedness. Beane is leaving people with something significant. There is no reason why me or you should know Beane unless we were entrenched in the baseball world, but he is leaving his career with something significant.

It is okay to lose games in life as long as you learn from each of them. Take the sum of the losing games and build yourself up to one big winning game. Beane’s quote challenges you to leave them with something significant. Leave them with something significant in every possible thing you do. “Them” is anyone and everyone in life because you never know who you are talking to or who is listening. “Something significant” are the tangible and intangible things that leave a positive impact. If you died tomorrow, what is the last thing you have done and what would that person say about you? Are you happy or would you change it? Now is the time to start.

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