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Is there a secret formula for success?

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. April 13, 2011

Baseball remains America's pastime. The history, the tradition and the legacy of the sport endure despite competition from other professional sports. There's a simple symmetry to the baseball diamond and something almost magical about the numbers: three strikes and you're out, three bases, three outfielders, nine players and 90 feet between bases.

Baseball, like all businesses, is bombarded with a bewildering number of percentages, graphs, charts and statistics. Managers and others pore over these in an attempt to gain an edge or predict who will win the baseball game.

A grizzled manager with 50 years of experience made an interesting comment, "OK you geniuses, you math geeks, stop the baloney and tell me what I need to know. What's the one thing that distinguishes the winning teams from the losing teams?"

The answer was surprisingly simple. Get a batter on base. If the batter strikes out, doesn't get a base hit or home run, or is thrown out while trying to steal a base, his team is statistically more likely to lose.

Does this remind you of your life? Do you feel bludgeoned by experts, talking heads, and gurus who claim to hold the secret to peace and happiness? Would you like to cut the baloney and get to the one thing that will enable you to go the distance and win the game of life? It's really very simple: Take care of yourself physically, spiritually and emotionally, and share your gifts with others.

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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Apr. 13, 2011