He began by saying, "Since this is the first week of a new baseball season, I thought it would be fitting to open with a story about a home run-hitting farm boy from my home state of Mississippi. This fellow could hit a baseball a country mile, as they say. So one of the major-league teams invited him to spring training. Each week the young slugger wired his mother. The first week, he said: 'Dear Mom, Leading all batters. These pitchers are not so tough.'
"A week later he boasted: 'Looks like I will be a starting outfielder. Now hitting .500.'
"But early in the third week, the young man's mother got this wire: 'Dear Mom, it said, They started throwing curves. Will be home Friday.'
Using this story as a springboard for his topic, the presenter told his audience that success - whether it's baseball or business - is not a one-or-two week hot streak. Real success is long term. And it usually comes as a result of our ability to deal with the nasty curves, the bad hops, the slumps - all of the things that don't go our way.