The best catchers are the best teammates. Period. We are starting almost every blog post in this series with that statement because we want to repeat it as much as possible. If you want to be a great catcher, part of your job description is to be a great teammate.
Continuing our series that touches on 21 ways you can, and should, be a great teammate is #3: Choose to Be Humble and Hungry.
#3: Choose to Be Humble and Hungry
Humble and hungry are a powerful combination. The minute you think you have arrived at the door of greatness, it will get slammed in your face. The key to success is to be a lifelong learner who continuously works hard to improve. When you stay humble and hungry and focus on the process, you will love what the process produces (Gordon, Jon (2015-04-24). The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate (p. 51). Wiley. Kindle Edition).
The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of humility is “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.” What a perfect definition. Being humble does not mean that you are not confident, but it does mean that you do not think of yourself as better than another person. Being humble means that you are always looking to find the value in other people. Being humble means that you are willing to put others interests ahead of your own. Being humble means that are you a team-first type player, always and in all ways. Being humble means that you are confident enough in yourself and your abilities that you are not threatened by another person’s success.
There are many important characteristics of great leaders, but it would be hard to find another quality that is more important than humility. If you want to be a great teammate, you must choose to be humble.
The best never rest from their desire to grow and improve. They have a constant hunger inside them that drives them towards to next level of achievement, mastery, or improvement. Certainly there are moment of rest and reflection, but those never outweigh the deep-seeded hunger that drives them towards their fullest possible potential.
Great teammates set the tone for their team by leading by example. They are humble – they do not think of themselves as better than anyone else and they are always looking for what is best for their teammates and their team. They are hungry – they are never satisfied with where they are at and are always striving to learn, grow, and take their skills to another level of mastery.
Humble + Hungry = Great Teammate.
This blog post is part of series called How to Be a Great Teammate. This series features 21 different ways that you can be a great teammate from the book titled The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon (click that link to view and buy the book on Amazon – it’s a must read!). Jon Gordon is an incredible resource and you can learn more about him at www.jongordon.com, and follow him on Twitter at @JonGordon11. To read more posts from this series feel free to click any of the links below!
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