Hank Aaron’s Success Smarts

Today we’re taking a look at some inspiration and wisdom from baseball great Hank Aaron.  I found 4 quotes that really spoke to me so today’s post is a bit longer, but each reflection is brief.

“I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you’re inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you’ve never seen before. If they do, I’m still looking for it.”
There are lots of people in life who will tell you that you can’t accomplish anything or that your goals are too big and you’ll never make it.  These people feed on the rush that they feel when you look disappointed or give up on your dreams.  Hank realized that sometimes its up to you to believe in yourself, and never give up on learning how to be a better person.

“Failure is a part of success.”
Somewhere along the line failure became a dirty word.  People don’t like to be failures, and I can understand that because failure is not only frustrating, it doesn’t feel very good!  But Hank Aaron is absolutely right, failure is a crucial part of success.  While some people will get it right the first time, they’re in the very small minority.  Don’t give up just because you had a failure.

“The thing I like about baseball is that it’s one-on-one. You stand up there alone, and if you make a mistake, it’s your mistake. If you hit a home run, it’s your home run.”
Ultimately no one else matters, your success and happiness is totally up to you.  It’s your responsibility to make your dreams happen, not anyone else’s.  So when you’re struggling, it’s up to you to get help or move on.  In the same truth, it’s totally OK to celebrate the victories you make happen, as well as those who helped you make it happen.

“I’m hoping someday that some kid, black or white, will hit more home runs than myself. Whoever it is, I’d be pulling for him.”
This is a great and very healthy perspective for life.  Hank Aaron had big goals and did accomplish great things as a baseball player. I’m sure he was proud of what he did and celebrated his accomplishments. But he had a very realistic view of the future: he knew that there would be someone bigger and better than him, and he celebrated them.

Today I encourage you to go out there and be the best you you can be!  Listen to constructive criticism, get up after a failure knocks you down, take responsibility for your life and celebrate what you’ve done and what others will do too.

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