THE GOLDEN MEAN: How To Do More, By Doing Less
“Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention.” ― Paulo Coelho
Have you ever thought about what makes a “good” hitter a “great” hitter in baseball? Albert Pujols finished up his career with a freakishly-absurd .420 on-base percentage and is one of four Major League Baseball players to reach the 700-home run mark.
Joining the ranks of other baseball legends such as Barry Bonds (762 homers), Hank Aaron (755) & Babe Ruth (714). It’s patience, not power that separates Albert Pujols from the rest of the pack. He once advised a young Mark Trumbo to, “learn pitchers better and not to be afraid of taking a third strike.”
“You don’t want to strike out looking, but sometimes when you protect the strike zone you end up expanding it.
I think it’s pretty realistic that I can improve in that department, it’s a goal, but you can’t compare yourself to Albert because he’s the best hitter on the planet.”
The first step in mastering productivity is mastering yourself. You will specifically need to put things in perspective when it comes to time-management. Like every other skill set in life, it begins and ends with psychology.
In baseball, pitchers make a living off of impatience. Seeing impatience as a weakness, their goal is to get hitters to swing at losing pitches. Being productive can be viewed in the same light. Just how baseball players have strike zones, you need to identify your ‘pockets of productivity’.
It isn’t just about getting things done. It’s about being efficient, practical and systematical with your approach. You can achieve this by finding your “Golden Mean”, a level at which your effort counts but does not wear you out.
In this article, I’m going to discuss concepts like Unscheduling, Deliberate Practice & the “Golden Mean” that will help you to develop your patience like a baseball hitter’s counterattack: wait, wait & wait until you see your pitch.