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Today, Boston will be celebrating the World Series win by its hometown team. Stephen Seckler, author of the blog Counsel to Counsel, lives just outside Boston and is -- it therefore goes without saying -- a Red Sox fan. But as a career consultant to the legal profession, he also sees in baseball and in the World Series a metaphor for life. He explains:

Baseball teaches us that losing is the norm. A batter who gets a hit one out of every three times he is up at the plate is considered a superstar. A team that wins ten games in a row is on fire. Winners are not individuals who 'win' all the time. Winners are individuals who know how to get past failure.

Consider this World Series, Seckler says. The Red Sox were down 3-1 in the ALCS playoff but came back to win the next three games. The Colorado Rockies, to get into the playoffs, did the unthinkable and won 13 of their last 14 regular season games.

What this teaches us is that even champion teams fail. Even the best athletes have bad days. No one is successful all the time. So what have you failed at lately? How have you made your comeback? How have you turned losing into winning?

If you're not convinced that baseball has anything to do with the legal profession, Peter Lattman at Law Blog reminds us that both Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and CEO Larry Lucchino are lawyers. Now let's just hope those legal skills help Epstein keep Mike Lowell in Boston.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on October 30, 2007 at 02:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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