What’s in the Tank?


In high school, I visited USC for a pitching training camp and learned one of the greatest lessons I would ever learn. My coach, the best pitching coach I ever had, stood next to me and talked to me about something I would never forget. After a full bullpen session, he looked at me and said,

“Evan, 10% of the time you are going to be terrible. A long pause… 10% of the time you are going to be fantastic. Another long pause…and 80% of the time you are going to be average.” He let that sit with me for a while. “The champions are made in that 80%. You are going to be average a lot…but it is what you decide to do during those times when you know you have average stuff that will determine how great you are.” – Tom House

I have remembered this lesson word for word ever since he told it to me. There is no doubt in my mind that this is a lifelong lesson. I wanted to share this with you today because it is one of the finer messages I remember from that time in my life. Today is going to be a short post because I feel like that message speaks volumes. I realize that a lot of the time…most of the days actually…I am going to be completely average. However, I know that I can give it 100% during those days that I only have 80% in the tank. This helps me turn those average days into great days.



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Evan Sanders

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  • Allan G. Smorra
    October 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    This is a great lesson. Thanks for sharing it.

  • hollykerrauthor
    October 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I love this post!!!

  • Allan G. Smorra
    October 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Ohm Sweet Ohm and commented:
    Every now and then a pearl of wisdom assumes boulder-like proportions and cannot be ignored. Evan’s post today is one of those pearls and it ia my pleasure to share it with you.

  • Allan G. Smorra
    October 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I re-blogged your post here:

    Thanks again,

  • ahappylass
    October 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    What an awesome nugget of advice. Tuckin’ that in the back pocket for a crappy day at work.

  • ryan
    October 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    beautiful advice…
    thanks for sharing it.

  • ryan
    October 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Ry24's Weblog and commented:
    Real nice story to be better…

  • CubicleViews
    October 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Awesome quote and coach.

  • writethecheck
    October 17, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Those people who come into our lives, if only briefly, and offer such a positive and lasting impact, are something I love about life.

  • myjourneymyrules
    October 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing. Definitely something to remember!

  • kbluth
    October 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Apropos, particularly for those pockets of society where one is expected to be spectacular; average is just not good enough. If you are average, you are marginalized. It makes sense that we would need to feel average in order to appreciate spectacular. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to share with my kids…

  • Matt Walker
    October 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Great stuff! The best I’ve come across today!

  • molixiu
    November 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

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