I started a new position at work this week, one with a lot more responsibility.
I was honored to be thought of for the job, and I look forward to the challenge.
Still, it’s hard to leave behind a role that I was really good at. Climbing out of bed has become a little bigger chore this week as I prepare myself for an uncertain day.
I like to use baseball analogies to put things in perspective. In this case, I bet it’s very easy for Clayton Kershaw to jump out of bed on the morning he has to pitch. He’s so good and so talented and eager to attack the day. That’s how I felt about my previous job.
A middling triple-A player, meanwhile, whose next error or strikeout could mean a demotion to the minor leagues, probably has a tougher time rolling out from under the blankets each day. For guys like that, it’s a struggle to compete against the best players in the world, and those pillows feel pretty good.
So I’m telling myself to keep grinding, as all the major-leaguers do. The games never stop coming, it’s just one after another — in baseball or in my business. If you have a bad day, there’s no time to feel sorry for yourself. Gotta get up and attack the next day.