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Today’s Pep Talk: How to Get Noticed

If you’re alive, you’re competing with someone. Even if you don’t consider yourself a competitive person, you want something that other people want.

Maybe it’s a job, a place on the team, a part in a play, or something as basic as attention or affection.

In this case, what is the quality that will make you stand out?

Joel Sherman, baseball columnist for the New York Post, recently wrote this article about how one major-league talent hunter goes about his business, and how one prospect caught his eye.

Jim Hendry of the New York Yankees likes to do his scouting when most players are tired. He’s looking for those few who still are excited.

That’s where a young prospect named Slade Heathcott impressed him again. At a time of year when most players are looking forward to the off-season, Heathcott played with a passion usually reserved for the World Series.


That’s what sets Heathcott apart, and that’s what can set you apart. Whatever you’re doing, do it with passion. If you can’t do what you’re doing with passion, then do something else.

Said American businessman Charles M. Schwab, “A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.”

“The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all,” said author Nicholas Sparks.

Heathcott is competing for a job with the New York Yankees. There’s no guarantee he’ll get it, but without passion he never would even be in the picture.


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