I Interviewed Four Baseball Execs – Here’s What I Learned
You may be aware, we started our Baseball Desk podcast about a month ago (If you aren’t, check it out here- it’s pretty rad.) Over the course of the last few episodes, I had the opportunity to interview some of the greatest and most unique minds in the business of baseball. All with great, different stories to tell. Here are the best things that I have learned from each of them. If you work in sports, soak this in, and take it with you.
Alex stressed one thing at the end of the interview that I know is going to stick with me for a long time, and maybe even forever. Treat every day like it’s game seven of the World Series. Trust me, I get it, we all have bad days, bad weeks, and wake up on the wrong side of the bed for no reason sometimes. Fact of the matter is, whether you are broadcasting, selling, marketing OR cleaning toilets at a stadium, you NEVER know who you are going to run in to, meet or how important each day will be. By being prepared and having a positive attitude day in and out, you will set yourself up for long term success. Baseball Desk Episode 4 will be aired on Monday, April 2nd.
Don’t keep score. Growth is more important than anything. In this industry, it’s so easy to compare your work to someone else’s. If you can focus on being better than your past self, that’s all that matters. Everyone has a different story, a different journey, you can only control your own. If you work for the right leadership, they will measure you against yourself, not others. Listen to Reed’s interview here.
No Talent Required. To succeed, you don’t need to be the most talented, in fact, you may be better off being the least talented. If you make sure you are the hardest worker in the room, you will come out on top, every time. It may not be right away, and it may take longer then you hope, but hard work will turn to talent, and talent will turn to experience, the most valuable tool of all. Listen to Eric’s interview here.
For Jesse’s point, I’m going to use his company’s mission statement. Fans First. Entertain Always. To me, this is the most important thing I may ever learn. It sounds so simple, but it’s truly amazing to see how many teams, and companies in general, who have lost sight of this concept. I understand that money needs to be made to keep teams afloat. I understand that big money comes from sponsorship deals and money that’s bigger than your number one fan’s wallet. But at the end of the day, at the end of the season, without the fans, there is NO team. I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the sales cycle of selling, and them moving on to the next dollar sign, and forgetting about the folks who have already become customers, become fans, become family. Take care of those who support you, regardless of how much money they generate for the team, because they are the ones who make the organization great. Listen to Jesse’s interview here.
Alex Einhorn is the Game Presentation Manager and On-Field Host for the Lancaster Barnstormers and the founder of Baseball Desk. Follow him on twitter@EinhornTweets