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Embrace High Expectations: Lessons From Joe Maddon And The Chicago Cubs

The National League Division Series starts tonight and the Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series since 1908, are one of the favorites to win it all.

Since the final out last year when they lost to the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series, almost everyone has expected the Cubs to be the team to beat this year.

Unlike most teams, which too often play down expectations, the Cubs have embraced them. Under manager Joe Maddon, one of the best in the game, the Cubs have aimed high this season despite the 108-year World Series drought.

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Tom Glavine Proves The Right Adjustments Can Take You To The Hall Of Fame

In Game Six of the 1995 World Series, pitcher Tom Glavine took to the mound for the Atlanta Braves and pitched a masterpiece, going eight innings and giving up only one hit to the Cleveland Indians.

There was a lot of weight on Glavine’s shoulders that October night. After having spent much of the 1980s in the cellar, the Braves had come close twice in the early 1990s to winning a World Series but had fallen short both times. But, as Glavine headed off the mound in the eighth inning with a 1-0 lead, he turned to manager Bobby Cox and asked to be taken out of the game, much to the displeasure of the more than 50,000 Braves fans in attendance.

Glavine realized he had run out of gas against the Indians. But, over the years, he had built up a strong relationship with Cox, earing his manager’s trust. Glavine knew what he was capable of better than anyone else and gladly stepped aside as closer Mark Wohlers came in to pitch. After his strong performances in two games, Glavine was named the World Series MVP, a high point for a pitcher who always knew how to evaluate himself.

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Use Fear — Good Fear that is — as Motivation!

Have you ever used fear as motivation?

This may seem adverse to some people but, if channeled correctly, good fear can be a powerful stimulus in creating change. The Great ones in the sports and business worlds all know how to use their emotions to their advantage, and I cannot think of a better example of this principle than Tony La Russa. Throughout his Major League Baseball (MLB) career, he has used good fear to achieve incredible success.

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Derek Jeter’s Greatest Hits

When New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter smacked his 3,000th career hit on July 9, it was the kind of picture-perfect moment kids dream of.

A warm summer day, a packed house and a home run ball caught by a lifelong Yankees fan who handed it back to Jeter with a huge smile. Only 27 other players in the history of professional baseball have managed the 3,000-hit threshold, and none had done it while playing for the Bronx Bombers.

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