Baseball is Life

DFN: What do personal branding and baseball have in common? Not much, but, this post by Chad Levitt provides insightful lessons regarding life, and thoughts applicable to those in job search, or working.

33 Personal Branding Lessons From Baseball Lore
By: Chad Levitt on January 23rd, 2010 at 5:30 am
In Brand Yourself As, Personal Branding, Positioning, Reputation Management

You may be wondering what the heck does Personal Branding have to do with baseball. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of baseball’s best lessons and apply them to Personal Branding. They have more in common than you think.

33 Personal Branding Lessons From Baseball Lore

The best hitters are only successful 3 out of 10 times
Sometimes you will make a great catch
Sometimes you will make errors
You may only get one good pitch to hit a game — swing
You create credibility in the locker room and on the field
Some guys are only paid to hit or pitch — find a niche
Slumps happen — keep trying, keep moving forward
Sometimes you will hit a homerun
Sometimes you will strike out
You will strike out more often than you hit homeruns
You need to be mentally tough
Not everyone will think you’re good
Hard work, learning the game and practicing makes you better
It’s the work you put in after mandatory practice that makes the difference
Not every team is a fit for your style of game
You will have good games
You will have bad games
Know your competition’s strengths and weaknesses
Know your strengths and weaknesses
Winning is the best feeling in the world
You will get hurt — get back on the field
You can’t win if you don’t play
The best players receive the most attention
The best players get paid the most
No one gives you permission to lead — just do it
Play with better players and you get better too
Leverage where you are to get to where you want to go
Be disciplined
Play with integrity
Coaches and mentors can help you reach a higher level of success
Don’t listen to the haters
You will have to make sacrifices
Keep your eye on the ball (for you Dad)

The best baseball players are not made overnight. They are made over years. The same is true with your Personal Brand. But, here is the big idea — anyone can create a world class personal brand — you do not have to be born with a high level of athletic ability or skill.

Here’s the best news though. If you create your Personal Brand, promote it, and leverage it — you can change your life for the better within one year. I’m talking real change, even financial change.

I’ve done it, others have done it, and you can too.

What do you think of these 33 lessons and Personal Branding? Do you believe building your Personal Brand can create real financial change in your life? Please share you comments, especially if you disagree. Let’s get a good discussion going.


Chad Levitt is the author of the New Sales Economy blog, which focuses on how Sales 2.0 & Social Media can help you connect, create more opportunities and increase your business. Chad is also the featured Sales 2.0 blogger at, the number one web portal for sales pros, the professional athletes of the business world. Make sure to connect with him on Twitter @chadalevitt.


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