Justin Timberlake has come a long way. He started out as a dorky little kid on the Mickey Mouse Club, “progressed” (notice the strategic use of quotation marks) to this, started dating the hottest celebrities (at the time), began appearing in award winning movies, and now he’s winning solo recording artist honors.
This example of Timberlake was mentioned by Marc Ecko, the billion-dollar fashion mogul, in a podcast interview about what it takes to be great (click here to listen). He used this illustration of Timberlake to point out that nobody ever really starts out great. It’s a process. To paraphrase what Ecko said:
The key to greatness is iteration.
According to Wikipedia:
Iteration is the act of repeating a process with the aim of approaching a desired goal, target or result.
Said another way, it’s about making continuous improvement over time. Small improvements. But a lot of them. Not necessarily dramatic leaps forward.
Timberlake didn’t just snap his fingers and go from scrawny Mickey Mouse Club kid to Music-Superstar-Hollywood-Actor-Junk-In-A-Box-Heartthrob. It took him years to get there.
Every season. Small incremental improvements. For many seasons.
If you start applying this concept now and master a couple new fantasy baseball concepts each year, think how good you will be five or even ten years from now.
Are You Improving?
One reason I enjoy having this site is that it holds me accountable to improve at this “craft” of playing fake baseball games.
I have had seasons in the past where I didn’t seek to improve knowledge or understanding of the game. But now I have reached a point where I try something new every year.
I make my draft preparation a little more involved. I add new features to my spreadsheet. I enhance my rankings formula. I consider other ways of ranking players. I just developed my own projections for the first time. I read books about (real) baseball, Sabermetrics, technology, and even fantasy baseball.
So What Are You Doing To Improve This Year?
There are many things you can do. Here are some things that come to mind (more…)