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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