Have you ever thought of someone you haven't seen or heard of in a long time and the next thing you know, they pop up somewhere unexpectedly?
Just a few days ago, I found myself remembering back to when I was a teen, at the SkyDome in Toronto, watching one of the greatest athletes of our time, Bo Jackson. I was recounting watching him live, his presence, his deliberateness, his power. Every step he took, every move he made seemed purposeful and laser-focused. I found myself wondering what had ever come of him and his career.
To the eyes of a young baseball player, watching Bo Jackson play was an experience that was burned in my memory forever. There were two moments in particular that stand out. The first being a hit to foul territory into deep left field where Bo was fielding. With lightning speed, he bolted for the ball, hunting it down, and at the last moment, out of reach from his glove on his right hand, it was as if time slowed down and the image came closer... Bo reached out his left hand and effortlessly caught the ball in the bare palm of his free hand! It looked so easy, so natural. My young mind was blown!
Later in the game, Bo stepped up to the plate and with the force of the Gods, hit a ball farther than I have ever seen or thought possible. He launched the ball eons beyond the home run fence, sky-high into the upper deck of the stadium! I had a hard time conceiving of what I had just seen, but there it was, before my own eyes, live, in person... the thunderous power of one of the greatest athletes ever to play the game.
Then, yesterday, as I was sifting through my emails, I caught a glimpse of Bo Jackson in an article of Success Magazine's newsletter titled, 'Bo Jackson: Facing the Unknown'. It was very satisfying to read this article and out of it, I was reminded of a timeless success principle, that success builds on success.
Success is not an accident. Success is not luck. Success is not a fluke. Success is a pattern that, once someone has it, becomes repeated through their life, no matter what they do. Success requires hard work, a clear vision, and acting on purpose. Success is a mindset, requiring discipline and ability to complete what one sets out to accomplish without distraction. Success requires the ability to step beyond fear, beyond one's comfort zone over and over and over again. Success does not come easy and thus, those who achieve it are revered for their achievements by the masses.
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Follow this link to read this month's Success Magazine article on the only player ever to be selected as an all-star in two professional sports, baseball and football. If you pay close attention, you may notice some of the patterns of success that are clearly exemplified by this living legend, Bo Jackson.