How Jim Abbott Conquered Adversity


by Brandon Steiner July 01, 2015 0 Comments

My favorite stories in sports and in life are when someone faces adversity and turns it into their advantage. If you have a kid in Little League…this is an absolute must watch. As good as pitching a no-hitter and winning a gold medal in the Olympics are, how much better are they if you do it with one hand? That’s what Jim Abbott did:

 

How often do kids say they can’t / won’t / don’t want to do something? Too often.

My first collectible for Crosby as a kid was signed:

“To Crosby, you can do anything…Jim Abbott.”

I would always refer to that whenever he would talk about what he could and couldn’t do.

Could you even comprehend performing the seemingly simple task of catching a baseball and throwing it back to someone with anything less than two hands? 

Forget that! Imagine hitting major league pitching with one hand! Jim Abbott had people telling him NO his entire life and the only thing he’s done is prove them wrong every day.

If you can’t use this story (or pick-up a copy of Jim’s book) to send a message to a Little Leaguer about hard work…I don’t know what you’re doing.




Brandon Steiner
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Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.




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