Even the Pros Know That Fundamentals Are Critical

The pitchers and catchers for the Tampa Bay Rays report to Spring Training tomorrow morning. Why are they back so early? Because even those guys that have been playing ball for over 20 years realize they need to get their heads back in the game, remind themselves of the fundamentals, and spend some time with their coaches to identify and correct any bad habits that may have popped up. Will they learn anything new in camp? No. But they will be reminded of many things they’ve learned many times before in their career. Will they stop once the regular season starts in April? Not a chance. Pros recognize there are outside influences that affect their success, so they practice almost daily, even on game days, to hone their skills, and prevent any bad habits from strengthening. As Benjamin Franklin said, “It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.”

This is no different than your business, or life, for that matter. It is the basics you learned when you first got started that are still the key to your success today. We hear a lot about the new techniques the gurus teach us and how it will transform our business, and many of those methods are very valuable. But the next time you attend a company event, training, opportunity presentation, or otherwise, look around the room. Notice the number of other leaders in attendance. Leaders attend company events for continuing education, because they realize they forget almost as much as they learn, and by talking with others, they remember some of those fundamentals they have drifted from, that helped them get where they are.

My call to action is to set aside an hour in the next two days to get back to basics. Pull out your old training materials. If you kept good notes early on, pull them out too and review them. What worked and what didn’t? How many of those that helped you get started on the path to success have you forgotten about? Did you decide you don’t need to pick up that 500 pound phone anymore since you have a large team build and are earning a good income?

Welcome to Spring Training…Go Rays!

To Your Success,

Bryan

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9 thoughts on “Even the Pros Know That Fundamentals Are Critical”

  1. That was excellent, Bryan.

    I liked this quote, “Leaders attend company events for continuing education, because they realize they forget almost as much as they learn, and by talking with others, they remember some of those fundamentals they have drifted from, that helped them get where they are.”

    Reminds me of when my dad would say, “I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know.” Of course he was joking, and he would never have said it as a matter of fact, but the truth remains….we do easily forget, even the fundamentals.

    This is good stuff, Bryan,

    Keep up the good work!
    Martin
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    Bryan Reply:

    Martin,

    Thank you for the feedback. I know a lot of people that still use that phrase :)

    Have a great day!

    Bryan

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  2. Hi Bryan,

    Yes, I agree with Martin that this is very good and a great topic to discuss. It is very applicable to everyone in whatever industry they are in.

    So true that bad habits may pop up and if so, they need to be identified and corrected.

    Looking forward to more of your material.

    Aloha,

    Nelly

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    Bryan Reply:

    Nelly,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. The toughest thing about bad habits is you don’t typically realize they are developing until they reach the point where they are difficult to break. Darren Hardy covers that fairly extensively.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Aloha,
    Bryan

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  3. Great post, Bryan! As a fan of the team the Rays beat for the division title last year, I can’t agree with the last sentence, though ;-) I think that the Brett Favre performance of the last three years where he skipped training camp shows us what happens when we neglect the basics. It is not just for our personal benefit, but for those who are around us as well, because the newbies will be motivated by the leaders.

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    Bryan Reply:

    Well, now that you, or the other ones, stole our entire roster, you shouldn’t be threatened by the Rays anymore :)

    But, yes, the Favre example is good, and it is evident across all professional sports when a headliner misses camp because of contract disputes. If our business moved as fast as theirs and we had millions watching us on TV as it did, the effect would be just as clear on us. Thanks for the point about setting the example for the newbies too.

    Happy Wednesday,
    Bryan

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  4. Hi Bryan,

    I like Ben Franklins quote, so true. Breaking bad habits is really hard. Your advice to look at the fundamentals of our business is highly important. Most people are too busy and so forget to sharpen their axe.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    Take care

    Oliver
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    Bryan Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by again, Oliver. It’s good to virtually see you :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Bryan

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