Overcoming Your Weak Points

Overcoming Your Weak Points

Only two men in the history of the American League have been unanimously voted "the most valuable player of the year." Every sports writer in the United States voted for Al Rosen in 1953 and Mickey Mantle in 1956. Both these men helped put their teams in the World Series.

Al Rosen is the man we'll think about today. One of the top hitters, he's one of the all-time great players of the game. It wouldn't be surprising if he'd wind up in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Somebody asked Al Rosen once how he became the great player he is. Naturally, he had lots of natural ability. We know that. But here is his answer to this question: "I work on my weak points and correct them."

Not a bad method, for it made him among the top big leaguers, the first man to be voted the most valuable man in the American League, without a single vote against him.

And on the ball field he worked on his weak points. He studied, practiced, and practiced still more, brushing up and perfecting every detail of catching, throwing, running bases, and batting.

First of all, he had to recognize his weaknesses. Most of us don't care to have our weak points known. Not Al Rosen. He welcomed advice on how he could become better.

If somebody who really cares for us—our mother, father, teacher, scoutmaster, minister, or a friend—tells us how we could improve, how do we react? Some of us say, "They're nuts! There's nothing wrong with me!"

If we're wise, we'll think about what they say. Perhaps they're right. They can see us better than we see ourselves.

Suppose you want to play outfield on your ball team. You can field pretty well, but you can't hit. What's the best thing to do as an ambitious outfielder? Learn to hit, of course!

Or suppose you want to bring your grades up, but arithmetic is your worst enemy? Hit that arithmetic hard! That's the way, and the only way.

You know, Jesus had the most trouble with people who thought they were perfect. These people were called Pharisees. They just knew they were right. Nothing wrong with them—or so they thought.

Once I had a wonderful schoolteacher. She thought so much of me that she stopped me in the hall one day, looked me straight in the eye, and said: "Graham, you're a fine boy, but you've got one big fault. You put things off." I knew she was right, and replied: "Yes, ma'am, I'll try to do better." Ever since then I've always been grateful to this teacher, who cared so much for me that she made a suggestion for my improvement.

No matter what you do, find your weak points. Practice on them. Make them your strong points. That's what Al Rosen did.

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