The Mindset of a Champion | Stanford â Home of Champions
Ottway Ducard stashed this in sports
There are things that distinguish great athletesĂÂ˘championsĂÂ˘from others. Most of the sports world thinks itĂÂ˘s their talent, but I will argue that itĂÂ˘s their mindset. This idea is brought to life by the story of Billy Beane, told so well by Michael Lewis in the book Moneyball (Lewis, 2003). When Beane was in high school, he was in fact a huge talentĂÂ˘what they call a ĂÂ˘natural.ĂÂ˘ He was the star of the basketball team, the football team, and the baseball teamĂÂ˘and he was all of these things without much effort. People thought he was the new Babe Ruth.
However, as soon as anything went wrong, Beane lost it. He didnĂÂ˘t know how to learn from his mistakes, nor did he know how to practice to improve. Why? Because naturals shouldnĂÂ˘t make mistakes or need practice. When Beane moved up to baseballĂÂ˘s major leagues, things got progressively worse. Every at-bat was a do-or-die situation and with every out he fell apart yet again.ĂĂÂ If youĂÂ˘re a natural, you believe that you shouldnĂÂ˘t have deficiencies, so you canĂÂ˘t face them and coach or practice them away.
BeaneĂÂ˘s contempt for learning and his inability to function in the face of setbacksĂÂ˘where did this come from? With avid practice and the right coaching he could have been one of the greats. Why didnĂÂ˘t he seek that? I will show how his behavior comes right out of his mindset.