Talent always loses out to being prepared. Kevin Langford is an author, cancer survivor, father and Navy Veteran. He takes a look at his life growing up poor and how he made it from living in foster care to becoming a CIO of a credit union. This self-help book takes entertaining antidotes and uses them to show how being prepared can help anyone over come not having the talent.
This optimistic look at life can help you find your path wherever you want. It shows what you can do if you prepare correctly.
" There were no outs and all the players had to do on my team was put the ball in play and I would score. Our coach called a play that we had worked on in practice called a suicide squeeze. The played included the person on third running towards home as soon as the pitcher threw the ball. The batter is expected to no-matter-what put the ball into play. He is supposed to bunt wherever the ball is. We would win with such and easy play. All the batter had to do was put the ball into play. Which he did.
Only problem with the entire scenario was me. I was standing on 3rd base when the ball was put into play. I hadn’t run when the pitcher pitched. Because I didn’t know the play. Because I hadn’t paid attention when we were going over it. The pitcher picked up the ball and I broke for home thinking he was going to throw to first. But he had tricked me. He still had the ball. I was easy to tag out.
I had the talent to win the game, but I hadn’t prepared correctly. In the end, we lost because of preparation. It was a lesson to everyone who ever played the game. And it carries over to life. If you want something and you have the talent for it, you still need to work. "
- Excerpt from I'll Never Play Major League Baseball-