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Prepare And Practice – Nelson Cruz Gives Us The Business Tip Of The Day

Napoli makes the tag

Prepare, Practice, and then you’ll be ready.

“We throw to the bases every day,” Cruz said. “We take flyballs every day, make sure we know the ballpark, we know any situation we can be involved in during the game. When you prepare, everything comes more easy.”  (Rangers Beat Tigers 7-3 In Game 4: Nelson Cruz Leads Texas To 3-1 Lead In ALCS)

“When you prepare, everything comes more easy.”  The more prepared you are, the more likely you are to succeed.  The more you practice – and practice every conceivable scenario — the more you put and keep your head in the game, the more prepared you are.

This was seen so very clearly in the Rangers win over the Tigers last night.  Nelson Cruz hit another 11th inning home run, but it was his throw from right field that kept the Rangers in the game, and sent it into extra innings.

With Detroit runners at the corners in the eighth and the score 3-all, Cruz caught Delmon Young’s flyball to right field and made a strong peg to Napoli to nail Miguel Cabrera. The Detroit slugger bowled over Napoli, but the catcher held on to the ball and Cabrera never touched the plate.

For Rangers fans (that includes me) it was a terrific game.  For all of us, it is a reminder of the most basic of business and life success lessons:  prepare and practice, and you will be ready for the challenge.

Here’s the video of his walk-off Grand Slam to win game two against Detroit:

Mike Napoli can also add to our appreciation for solid preparation.

Napoli said it comes from preparation and taking time to learn his pitcher’s tendencies, something that has improved with each outing.  (Mike Napoli does it all in Game 4).

Thursday, October 13, 2011 Posted by | Randy's blog entries | , , , | Leave a comment

“Just Crazy Enough” – a Necessary Trait for Great Entrepreneurial Success?

Here are the first few paragraphs from this article:  Just Manic Enough — Seeking Perfect Entrepreneurs:

IMAGINE you are a venture capitalist. One day a man comes to you and says, “I want to build the game layer on top of the world.”

You don’t know what “the game layer” is, let alone whether it should be built atop the world. But he has a passionate speech about a business plan, conceived when he was a college freshman, that he says will change the planet — making it more entertaining, more engaging, and giving humans a new way to interact with businesses and one another.

If you give him $750,000, he says, you can have a stake in what he believes will be a $1-billion-a-year company.

Interested? Before you answer, consider that the man displays many of the symptoms of a person having what psychologists call a hypomanic episode. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual — the occupation’s bible of mental disorders — these symptoms include grandiosity, an elevated and expansive mood, racing thoughts and little need for sleep.

“Elevated” hardly describes this guy. To keep the pace of his thoughts and conversation at manageable levels, he runs on a track every morning until he literally collapses. He can work 96 hours in a row. He plans to live in his office, crashing in a sleeping bag. He describes anything that distracts him and his future colleagues, even for minutes, as “evil.”

He is 21 years old.

So, what do you give this guy — a big check or the phone number of a really good shrink? If he is Seth Priebatsch and you are Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm in Lexington, Mass., the answer is a big check.

But this thought exercise hints at a truth: a thin line separates the temperament of a promising entrepreneur from a person who could use, as they say in psychiatry, a little help. Academics and hiring consultants say that many successful entrepreneurs have qualities and quirks that, if poured into their psyches in greater ratios, would qualify as full-on mental illness.

Which is not to suggest that entrepreneurs like Seth Priebatsch (pronounced PREE-batch) are crazy. It would be more accurate to describe them as just crazy enough. (emphasis added)

“It’s about degrees,” says John D. Gartner, a psychologist and author of “The Hypomanic Edge.” “If you’re manic, you think you’re Jesus. If you’re hypomanic, you think you are God’s gift to technology investing.”

The attributes that make great entrepreneurs, the experts say, are common in certain manias, though in milder forms and harnessed in ways that are hugely productive. Instead of recklessness, the entrepreneur loves risk. Instead of delusions, the entrepreneur imagines a product that sounds so compelling that it inspires people to bet their careers, or a lot of money, on something that doesn’t exist and may never sell.

So venture capitalists spend a lot of time plumbing the psyches of the people in whom they might invest.

“Just crazy enough…” This may be the new necessary trait for the über-successful entrepreneur.

Read the rest of the article.  Really interesting!

Monday, September 20, 2010 Posted by | Randy's blog entries | , , | Leave a comment



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