September 23, 2015, Photo Courtesy Wikipedia
Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame Catcher for the Yankees under Casey Stengal, died yesterday at the age of 90. To quote the New York Times, “As a player he was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams, and as a manager he brought the Yankees and the Mets to the World Series.”
He began his Major League career on September 22, 1946. He played in more World Series than any other Major Leaguer in Baseball history. He was a 3-time American League MVP and a 15-time All Star. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.
For Baseball fans, Yogi Berra was as warm and familiar as Sunday dinner with the family at Grandma’s house. He was funny, larger than life, and thought-provoking in a backhanded sort of way. One thing’s certain, his aphorisms never failed to raise a smile. Here are some of his best:
- When you come to a fork in the road take it
- You can observe a lot by just watching
- It ain’t over till it’s over
- It’s like deja vu all over again
- The future ain’t what it used to be
- Never answer an anonymous letter
Here’s an ESPN Tribute. He’ll be missed.
Photo Courtesy Charles Duhigg website [linked below].
This brings me to a favorite topic of mine–forming new HABITS. I love talking about this because I’ve seen throughout my career how powerful good habits can be.
Ask a major league pitcher, ask a concert pianist, building muscle memory is essential to winning performance.
Though I’m neither, I’ve seen that momentum you can build by simply learning how to properly execute a task through focused repetition.
So here’s the book I’m going to recommend: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. If you find you need to speed up execution on certain parts of your business, this is a great place to start.
I’m going to move on the some client work, but thanks for stopping by.
New Habits and the Passing of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra by Rita Mailheau