Winning against the odds: Lessons from Atlanta’s sports success

In Atlanta, where big dreams meet tough odds, we’ve seen some incredible wins against the odds lately. From snagging the top pick in the NBA Draft with just a 3% chance, to the Braves shocking the world by winning the World Series in 2021 despite a mere 0.3% chance at the All-Star Break, the city’s sports history is full of surprises.

Life’s a bit like baseball. It is full of bases to cover and challenges to overcome. But amid all that, there are four bases that can help anyone succeed: passion, purpose, grit and competence.

  1. Passion is like touching first base – it’s the start of your journey; it’s what drives you, even when things get tough.
  2. Purpose is second base – it gives your passion direction. Just like a runner on base, having purpose propels you forward toward your goal.
  3. Grit is third base – it’s what keeps you going, even when it feels like everything’s against you.
  4. And competence is home plate – it’s knowing your stuff, mastering your craft and scoring runs. It’s about learning and practicing until you’re really good at what you do.

These four bases aren’t just for baseball. They’re the keys to success in anything—like getting through college, starting a career, or being a great parent.

So, even when the odds seem stacked against you, remember Atlanta’s sports heroes. With passion, purpose, grit, and competence, anything’s possible—no matter how unlikely it seems.

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C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 22 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and a track record of success that can work for you.