The Men of Iron Minute
by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation
You Win Some, and You Lose Some
The sounds of the ballpark are in full swing! The hopeful optimists are consuming overpriced beer and undersized hotdogs like they are precious commodities. America’s pastime is heating up. It’s time for some exciting October baseball. Teams are staffing and restaffing their bullpens for the postseason, while others are licking their wounds and getting ready for a beach vacation. As I write, the St. Louis Cardinals have won 16 straight games in rare fashion. This is the longest winning streak in the team’s history (1892), and they are on track for something unique. But they will lose. I hate to be a downer, but eventually, the streak will end, and the “could have beens” will be headline news, and the Cub fans will sneer. One team will be crowned World Series Champs, and everyone else will end up with the other vacationers sipping mai tais. This has been the predictable flow of baseball since the birth of the World Series (1903). Every year they paint those lines and don those cleats for another attempt at glory, and they know that only one team will win. They play ball again and again in steady improvement. The cycle continues.
Life has a predictable flow too. Here’s what I mean: life is full of winning and losing. You don’t have to make it so. It just happens. We already know. This poses a challenge for many people who think that you only gain meaning and satisfaction from winning. My favorite quote captures this tension brilliantly, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt, Man in the Arena
The cost of living is high, and the cost of not living is even higher.
You have 86,400 seconds each day, and it’s your choice what you do with them. It’s your choice just to keep living the life that gets you by or finally break out and take those chances that you’ve always dreamed about. Remember, you can never get more time. Use this time you have right now to take control of your life. It won’t be easy, but nothing good ever comes easy. You will fail. Get back up. Taste glory. Don’t gloat. Get back to living!
“Get busy livin or get busy dyin.”
Begin with the Five F’s:
Be a mentor.
Find a mentor.
Be a better man.
Contact our team today to find out how you can become a mentor, find a mentor and be a better man! And DO NOT forget to check out The Men of Iron Podcast – Getting a God-Sized Vision Feat. Mitch Muller (EP. 88)