Those are the words that Jack Buck shared with John O’Leary in their first meeting. I’ve heard this story several times and it never fails to inspire me – both personally and at HL Group. recently put together a video of the story and John shared it on his blog. This is one of those things that I think everyone should watch.

Their story is such a great reminder of how unexpected, unplanned, unwanted events can change the trajectory of your path – and your success.

As a small business owner, I’m proud of my team’s agility. But what makes us agile is also what can make one of those unexpected/unplanned/unwanted events so very impactful. They can take you down or launch you to the next level. It’s all about how you handle it.

So I look to Jack Buck’s example on how to lead and motivate. I look to John O’Leary’s persistence and determination to overcome his unbelievable obstacles. And I look at the HL Group team I have with me – and how together, we work through the challenge.

In the end, we may not get a baseball signed by Ozzie Smith – or 60+ other major league players. But what we do get is the ability to be a much stronger partner in providing solutions for our clients – and helping them to meet their challenges. Those are the results – and relationships – that inspire our team to continue to innovate and grow every day.

Let me know what you think….

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