Be Bold and Humble

Katsuya Nomura, a pro-ball manager passed away and his life has been featured. I remember the lessons I learned in a baseball team as a pitcher. The qualities required for a baseball pitcher will help you in the business world too.

When I was in high school, I was the ace pitcher in a baseball club. I’m not boasting. “Ace” doesn’t mean “No.1 Pitcher”, because unlike professional teams, high school baseball teams can win steadily if they have a competent pitcher. In short, it is an ace pitcher.

You need to be bold and modest to be an ace pitcher, which means that you boldly throw the ball without worrying too much about the course when you are in good condition. Then, the balls will go faster and higher to put out the batter.

On the other hand, you need to control balls carefully by throwing lower when you are in bad condition. In other words, you have to play more cooperatively with fielders. Without such a bold but humble personality, you won’t be good enough to be the ace pitcher leading the team to victory.

Steven R. Covey also says in his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.
First, live(work) independently. Second, cooperate with others.

If you are a pitcher, you should be bold and sensitive thinking winning or losing is depends on you. With the courage and pride, you must say “I am an ace pitcher. Of course we have a director, but victory is on my shoulder.”
Just like that, if you are a business person, you must think “Of course we have a president, but I’m making the company bigger”

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