In driving out to Spring Training this year I had a chance to stop and stay with my Grandfather. After we finished dinner, we sat in his kitchen, just the two of us, chewing the fat. A retired General Practitioner (medical doctor), he shared stories from medical school, poker playing and hunting trips.
One idea he spoke of really resonated with me and made me think of all of you. He said that when he was a young student in med school, struggling with the rigors of the curriculum and trying to find his way as a young man, his professor gave him a bit of advice. He said,”David (my Grandfather), you need to posses ‘Vector Quality’ in this life.” Looking quizzicly at his professor, he continued, “A vector in physics, by definition, has two qualities. It has FORCE and it has DIRECTION.”
Most of us have had ‘vector quality’ to get as far as we have in our careers to this point, even if we have done so by a different name.
In our baseball careers, distraction, adversity, financial struggle and relationship issues are abound. But if each of us for a moment, pause to consider adopting ‘vector quality’, we will all be better off in the game and for the long haul. Pick out a specific target and do not waiver in your direction and application of force and I think you’ll like where you end up.
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