167 – Believe in your people

Posted by  Anecdote International —November 8, 2022
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast

Believe in your people, and they’ll believe in themselves. Listen to hear how the support of a coach and school principal changed Michael Lewis’ life.

Baseball player

This week, it’s Shawn’s turn to share a story, and he’s chosen one about Michael Lewis and a baseball game that changed everything for him. Until then, Michael hadn’t thought much about what he would do in his life or how, but now he’s an author and financial journalist. His notable works include The Blind Side and The Big Short.

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Tags: authenticity, confidence, expectation, leadership, small thing big difference, support

This story starts at 01:46

When Michael Lewis was young, he was a baseball player. He didn’t spend much time thinking about what he would do in his life or how.

In his first year of high school, he was sitting on the bench during a baseball game. Towards the end of the game, his team was holding on to a 2:1 lead. They’d gotten one out, and their pitcher’s reputation was such that they thought he was guaranteed to give them a win.

But their coach made an error. He went out to give advice to the pitcher for the second time in an innings, so they had to pull the pitcher out of the game.

Michael Lewis suddenly had to pitch. His coach walked up to him, put his hands on his shoulders and faced him very closely. He remained there for a moment before glancing at the third base and saying, “Pick him off.”

Michael went to the mound. There were runners on the first and third base.

It occurred to him that his coach really believed in him. He really felt that it was his moment.

All of a sudden, he shot the ball to third base and got the runner out. One down.

Then, it was the guy in front of him. Three strikes, and he was out.

The game was over, and they had won.

The next day, Michael was called to the Principal’s office. The Principal sat him down and commented on how tremendously he’d done under the pressure of the game.

His coach and Principal had created a new myth for him; a myth that said he could succeed, handle pressure, do the right thing at the right time and act under intense scrutiny. And from that point, he felt his life changing.

About  Anecdote International

Anecdote International is a global training and consulting company, specialising in utilising storytelling to bring humanity back to the workforce. Anecdote is now unique in having a global network of over 60 partners in 28 countries, with their learning programs translated into 11 languages, and customers who incorporate these programs into their leadership and sales enablement activities.

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