“Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain

Posted: November 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

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(Not Me)

As winter approaches in the States, life out here in Australia keeps getting better.  This week included two more wins for the Manly Eagles, my first attempt at body-boarding and a great new book.

We took care of business this week on the diamond with two hard fought wins against Macarthur, the second place team in the league. On Wednesday night, Jim “It’s Miller Time!” Miller, came out and threw a great game. Aided by a few costly errors, we snuck four runs up on the board and stole the victory. This afternoon, with an opportunity for the series sweep, four pitchers, led by Adam Brown”ie,” battled their asses off. It took a full team effort, spearheaded by head coach and game MVP Tim Harradine, to get the win. Jimbo Miller, our mid-week starter, pitched a couple innings in relief and continues to show his value to the team every game. For the week, I had three hits in eight at-bats. I swiped a couple bases today and played some solid defense. I really feel like I left too many at-bats out on the field this week so I’m looking forward to getting back to work this week and improving. Back to the cage and the gym tomorrow!

On Thursday, I had my first go at body-boarding. I figured that it would be a good introduction to surfing and help me get a better feel for the waves. Turns out, it’s not as easy as it looks. After forty-five minutes of getting absolutely pummeled by water, I had to call it a day. Let’s just chalk that one up to the tide or something. I will not be deterred!

Also this week, I started reading MindSet by Carol Dweck. In it, Dweck describes the fixed and growth mindsets. People with fixed mindsets believe that talent is inherited. Failure, then, tells you something permanent about yourself. Fixed mindset people will, therefore, avoid challenging tasks because they may reveal inadequacies and threaten one’s identity. People with the growth mindset, however, believe that talent is earned from hard work and perseverance. Failure is merely feedback and an opportunity for improvement. Growth mindset people will, therefore, seek out challenging tasks in order to stretch themselves. While it’s easy to see which mindset is better for development and progress, I know, personally, it’s not always so easy to embrace failure.

Tomorrow, I will be starting my two-week fitness certification course in downtown Sydney. I’m really excited about getting back in the classroom, learning about sports, and meeting some more Aussies.

Another week has gone by without receiving the call from the Australian Baseball League. I went out to the game on Friday and I know I can compete with those guys. Until the call comes, though, I’ll keep plugging away. The beach and my teammates make it a lot easier to stomach.

Finally, I hope everyone is enjoying my posts. Please let me know if there is anything more you want to know or anything you think I could change to make this blog better. You can email me or just leave a quick comment. Until next week!

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