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An Amateur, a Hack, and a Professional Walk Into a Bar . . .


Quitting. You’ll regret it for the rest of your life . . . Baseball is what gets inside you. It’s what lights you up. You can’t deny that.


It just got too hard


It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great

From League of Their Own

A Hack is in it for the rewards. There is no judgment there, just an observation. That person figures out what it takes to get paid and does that.

A Hack does what it takes.

An Amateur is less about rewards and more about achievement. It’s exciting to set a personal best. Putting in the work is not necessarily fun, but an amateur does it when they can. They focus on weaknesses, not strengths. They accept coaching and criticism, but not always.

An Amateur does it until they don’t.

A True Pro is in a league of their own. It’s about the process; the outcomes take care of themselves.

True Pros are not easily distracted. The weather, bad luck, unfair conditions, tough competitors, lousy managers, and abusive crowds and customers are background noise. When a True Pro gets distracted, they have the tools to find their feet and get back to work.

A True Pro shows up, no matter what.