Pete Rose, the famous baseball player, and I have never met, but he taught
me something so valuable that it changed
my life. Pete was being interviewed in spring training the year he was
about to break Ty Cobb's all time hits record. One
reporter blurted out, "Pete, you only need 78 hits to break the record. How
many at-bats do you think you'll need to get
the 78 hits?" Without hesitation, Pete just stared at the reporter and very
matter-of-factly said, "78." The reporter yelled
back, "Ah, come on Pete, you don't expect to get 78 hits in 78 at-bats do
Mr. Rose calmly shared his philosophy with the throngs of reporters who
were anxiously awaiting his reply to this
seemingly boastful claim. "Every time I step up to the plate, I expect to
get a hit! If I don't expect to get a hit, I have no
right to step in the batter's box in the first place!" "If I go up hoping
to get a hit," he continued, "then I probably don't
have a prayer to get a hit. It is a positive expectation that has gotten me
all of the hits in the first place."
When I thought about Pete Rose's philosophy and how it applied to everyday
life, I felt a little embarrassed. As a
business person, I was hoping to make my sales quotas. As a father, I was
hoping to be a good dad. As a married man, I
was hoping to be a good husband.
The truth was that I was an adequate salesperson, I was not so bad of a
father, and I was an okay husband. I
immediately decided that being okay was not enough! I wanted to be a great
salesperson, a great father and a great
husband. I changed my attitude to one of positive expectation, and the
results were amazing. I was fortunate enough to
win a few sales trips, I won Coach of the Year in my son's baseball league,
and I share a loving relationship with my
wife, Karen, with whom I expect to be married to for the rest of my life!
Thanks, Mr. Rose!