Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

A Lesson From The Greatest Of All Time

Joe DiMaggio was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Not just thanks to his athletic accomplishments, his 56-game hitting streak has never been beaten, but Joe is also remembered for his character.

He always gave his best.

Which is how a meaningless game became one of Joe’s more memorable ones.

It was a match in August, near the end of the season. And the Yankees were out. They had already lost too many games to win the Series.

Yet Joe DiMaggio was busting his ass trying to make every centerfield play he could. If he saw a chance to take out a runner, he took it. Even though the game didn’t mean anything.

After the match was over, a reporter asked him why he was trying so hard and Joe answered, “Because there’s always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.”

Joe’s all-or-nothing attitude has many lessons that are worth considering for content creators. 

Like remembering first-time readers as you refine your craft and delve ever deeper into a rabbit hole. 

But beyond accessibility, most of us focus so much on churning out content and growing an audience that we forget to think about what we’re saying.

Are you still being generous? Or are you publishing bits and pieces that are better suited for the trash can?

Every time you step up to the plate is an opportunity to show who you are. What you can contribute. And why other people should pay attention to you.

Would the kid in the bleachers be happy with your performance? Because you owe him your best.

P.S. Don’t think performing for first-time viewers means that you must steadily produce masterpieces. That’s impossible, even for the very best of us. But you should always hone your craft and strive for greatness. And if you’re lucky, you’ll sometimes make something beautiful.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach