Many friends and business leaders – and most recently Dov Seidman, the CEO of my company – have reminded me how baseball is a sport where you can be an all-star even if you fail 7 out of 10 times. Even Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Yet when my youngest son Drew came to the plate with two outs in the last inning of a recent game, with two men on base and his baseball team down by one run, the last thing on my mind was failure. As parents we all pressed a little closer to the field, anticipating a game winning blast from one of the team’s best hitters. But instead Drew swung and missed, and slammed down his helmet in frustration as the parents and players simultaneously gasped in surprise. But in the middle of heading back to the dugout to collect his equipment, my son suddenly turned, gathered his teammates, and led them across the field to shake hands with the other team. By the time Drew was back in the dugout, he was already smiling, dissecting the things that went wrong with this at bat, and congratulating his teammates on a well played game.