Getting Traded, And The Power of Owning Your Sh*t
It's one of my favorite and least favorite times of the year. The month of July is always an exciting one for professional baseball fans because July 31st is what is referred to as the "trade deadline."
What's a trade deadline?
Well in professional sports, the players are essentially the property of the team that they play for. This basically makes them pawns in a giant chess match, with not much control of their fate.
Don't get me wrong, they get paid way more than anyone playing a game logically should. Plus they have agents that negotiate contracts on their behalf, and if you're REALLY good, with some preferences on where you would or would not like to be, you may be able to limit where your team sends you. But the point still remains, as an athlete a lot of the time you have little to no control over where you'll be 6 months from now.
This means that a player can go from a team that's one of the best, to one of the worst in an instant. This can mean that player can also go from somewhere like San Diego, where it never reaches below freezing, to Colorado where during April (first month of the baseball season) it can get down to feeling like single digits with windchill... If you've ever played outdoor sports in the cold, you know just how much that can affect performance...
So what do the professional athletes do to consistently perform at a high level when constantly dealing with the possibility and reality of relocating their families at the drop of a dime? Or the adversity that the move can bring with it? Well, it's quite simple really..
They own their shit.
What choice do these guys have? Do you feel bad for them? Because I sure as hell don't. Do I respect that it's a difficult transition to have to make and would be a burden to constantly have in the back of my mind? Yeah, I do, but regardless, these guys are getting paid the big bucks to play a game and provide entertainment, not to deal with the complexities of being a business asset traded among other businesses based on what someone in a suit thinks their business needs at the time.
So they go to work every day with their head down and their eye on a prize that can change in an instant for them. There are 162 games in a 180 day span, so this is a mental grind, and yet they keep on pushing because it's worth it to them. Let's be honest though, they're performing at a level where it'd be worth it for just about anyone to push through that though right? I mean the average salary of an MLB player is over $4 million annually with the minimum around $450k a year.
What's my point with all of this?
I bet you if you haven't already, and you compare the amount of bullshit that you have to deal with in your life or be prepared to deal with, you probably aren't too impressed with the adversity they face. I'm willing to bet you wouldn't have to think too hard to come up with reasons why what you deal with is more difficult than what they do...
The fact is, we all face adversity, and in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really feel different to any of us. Some people have addictions, some have non-supportive spouses, some have terminal illnesses or family members with terminal illnesses.
It's all going to feel equally oppressing so the question is, is what you're fighting for worth it? Are you playing on a playing field that makes "owning your shit" the only viable option? And if not, what do you need to do to get there?
Pain and adversity are temporary and fleeting, but they're also a constant in that we will always have it in some way or another in our life. What are you going to do to make sure when you look back on all that you face, you can definitively say,
"It was worth it."
Thanks for reading guys, I'll see you at the top!
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