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September 11, 2022
Fantasy baseball experts recommend drafting players who bat at the top of the order.
Because even if they’re not as strong as other players, even if they’re cheap, statistically, the leadoff hitter will get the maximum number of at bats for each game.
More at bats means more production, which means more scoring opportunities. When you’re drafting a team, focusing on maximizing your total number of at bats increases the probability of winning.
Here’s a case study from a player whose numbers were not a fantasy.
Pete Rose is the all time major league leader in numerous categories. Talk about prolific. Pete won three world series rings, holds three batting titles, a most valuable player award, a rookie of the year award and made seventeen all star game appearances at a startling five positions.
And sure, his illegal gambling charges made him permanently ineligible from induction to the hall of fame, but nobody’s perfect.
What’s fascinating about his player statistics is, he also happens to hold the all time record for number of at bats.
Pete got his butt up to the plate over fourteen thousand times in his illustrious career. Fourteen thousand times. Probability was in his favor.
The second, third and fourth place record holders of the same record are all several thousands of at bats behind him. The fact that he had significantly more opportunities than anyone else in history to use his talents is not an accident.
How are you maximizing the number of times you step up to the plate? Do you have a routine in place that puts yourself at the top of the batting order?
This is something all prolific people share. They aim for volume and speed over quality. Because they know the odds are ever in their favor. The trust their talents enough to think, okay, just keep showing up and doing your work more frequently than everyone else, and eventually you’ll capitalize on scoring opportunities.
It’s not genius, it’s math. Talent is subordinate to temperament. Small times long equals big. Time plus volume equals enrichment.
Now, despite my own short lived career as a baseball player, I was able to become prolific in the field of creativity.
For example, my first musical album wasn’t very good. The production sounded cheap, my voice was barely developed, the guitar sounded tinny, the lyrics were vague and sophomoric, and almost every song was at least eight minutes too long.
But it was still mine. It was done. People could touch it and listen to it. At the age of nineteen, there was an actual record of original music with my name on it that nobody could deny.
This gave me confidence and momentum to start working on my second album. Which wasn’t exactly award winning either, but the delta between one and two was extraordinary. And by the time album number three came around, there were actually some pretty damn good songs on it.
That’s the power of maximizing your number of at bats. You uncover your high quality work faster. You may have to foul off, get beaned, pop out, take walks and strike out a bunch of times on the way there.
But probability is on your side.
If you want to become prolific in any endeavor, figure out how to accelerate your growth in ways that would otherwise be invisible.
Tap into the power of volume and give yourself an unfair advantage.
How are you exponentially increase your creativity activity level?