Thanks to Nestor and Katerina for this post. Have a read, they have spelled out a few life lessons we should pay attention too.
Babe Ruth, born over a century ago... yet his records and lessons live on!
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Hit a home run in your real estate business. Lessons we can learn from the great baseball legend Babe Ruth.
Our youngest son is now nine years old and is the starting pitcher on his baseball team. He loves baseball. He loves to play baseball, learn about the game and study the masters of the game. He just finished reading Babe Ruth's biography to me.
I began thinking about all that Babe Ruth had gone through and his humble beginnings and then who he became as a baseball legend. There is so much that we as real estate brokers and agents can learn from his life story. Here are some of the points that were brought to my mind:
1. You can start from where ever you are to reach for success in your business. There is no one to stop you but yourself. You can overcome all obstacles. It is a choice. It is resolve. You can be down and out but pick yourself back up. You can be broke but break out of that rut and make it big. You can go from no listings to having listings and from no buyers to being busy with buyers.
Babe Ruth came from very humble beginnings. He was born very poor. He was born in1895. Houses did not have electricity. There were no TVs. The Wright Brothers would not make flight for 8 more years. His father owned a bar and his mother took care of their eight children. He was the oldest. But only he and one of his sisters lived to adulthood.
2. You can choose to let your environment control you or you can choose to rise above your circumstances. You can choose to allow what others say to you to determine your destiny or you can choose to design your own life.
Babe Ruth was abandoned by his parents when he was only 7 years old. He was already getting into all sorts of trouble around the neighborhood even at this young age. One day his father dropped him off at an orphanage- St Mary's School For Boys. It was a reform school with about 800 boys living there. I can only imagine how lonely he must have felt in that big school and what goes through a child's mind. I think he wondered why his parents did not love him. Many of the other boys at the school had parents who came to visit them. Babe's parents never came to see him. His mother died when he was 14. The school was only 4 miles from his home.
3. Choose good role models. Choose good coaches and consultants. Learn from those who are doing what you want to do. Model them.
Babe Ruth was blessed to have Brother Mathias. Brother Mathias worked at St Mary's. He played baseball with the boys. He saw that Babe had a gift for baseball. He would be the reason that Babe got his first job playing in the minor leagues.
4. You can choose to pay it forward. When you achieve your greatness it is your turn to help others to move along in your footsteps.
Babe Ruth had a kind heart and was generous to everyone he met. His team players said that he would give you the shirt off his back.
5. Never forget where you came from.
Babe Ruth never forgot St Mary's school for boys. He never forgot where he came from. He donated money to the school and helped them generously. He would go back to St Mary's with pockets full of coins. He would throw them up in the air for the boys to catch them. He would give them tickets to come watch his games. He would be there to help.
6. You are no greater than anyone else and no less than anyone else.
Babe Ruth treated everyone as his equals. When President Coolidge came out to see him at a game, Babe called him, "Prez". When the Queen of the Netherlands came to meet him, he said to her, "Howdy Queenie".
7. Overcome your demons. Never give up.
Babe Ruth had set backs, major ones at times. But when putting his will into a different outcome, he prevailed. He lost weight when he ate too much and he exercised after partying too much. Now as we have learned a lot about human behavior we know his overeating was because he was so hungry at St Mary's. They had very little to eat. His family was very poor too so before St Mary's he most likely had even less to eat. I have been hungry at one point as a child and it is something that haunts you for the rest of your life.
8. Make an impact. Hit those home runs.
Babe Ruth changed the game of baseball forever. Babe Ruth made his mark. He played baseball through World War 1 and the Great Depression. He was paid very well for it.
Babe Ruth played by his own rules. He was the baseball national hero throughout the 1920's and 1930's. When he started hitting home runs- that was an anomaly. Back in the day- baseball was a very slow and boring game. At some of his first games there would be only 17 spectators. The game was one of pitching with very low hit counts. So you can imagine the stir it made when Babe Ruth started to hit those balls out of the parks. But that all changed with his ability to hit home runs. Soon the very first Yankee stadium would be built and Babe attracted standing room only crowds and fans.
The most amazing part of Babe's story is that he was the home run king for years. He hit a total of 714 home runs in twenty-two seasons. One out of every four balls he hit were home runs! In fact, no one broke his record until 1974. Hank Aaron broke the record but he hit 2500 more balls than Babe to do it. Babe Ruth still is in the top three all these years later. He was an American legend and hero when America really needed hope.
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