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"The Mental ABCs"

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New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote of a book: The Mental ABC's of Pitching. Brooks is no pitcher and neither am I. Yet the book's focus on mental discipline impressed me. A pitcher brings a determined mind-set to the game. There are only two workplaces in a pitcher's world: on the mound and off the mound. On the pitching rubber all that matters is the way the ball leaves his hand. Focusing on the task pushes away all other thoughts. The pitcher loses himself in his job. This mental discipline, says Brooks, is as true in the office as on the mound. Business has shifted from the emphasis on self. Today's message: lose yourself in your job or get shelved.