I recently watched a movie called Trouble with the Curve. When most give the summary of the movie, they say it is about an aging baseball scout who is given one last assignment to prove his worth to the organization, who views him as unable to adapt to changes within the game. There is an ambitious younger protégé, who is gunning to get the aging scout fired and take his job.
The aging scout has been tasked to review a likely top draft pick. With his eyesight failing, the aging scout’s daughter starts to take an active role in her father's work to make up for his shortcoming. They figure out that this likely top draft pick can’t hit a curveball. Hence the title of the movie “Trouble with the Curve.” The young scout has seen the stats on this rookie and convinces the organization to disregard the aging scout’s advice and take this young rookie as their top pick.
Based on what I’ve said thus far, I’m guessing you can figure out the rest of this movie and some of the very obvious messages regarding technology versus experience, trusting your “gut”, etc.
But what I took from the movie was a very perplexing question… Can you hit the curve?
Life throws us curveballs all the time. This curveball could be a new position on the job (a job you don’t want to do or possibly don’t know how to do), a death of a friend or loved one, an unexpected health issue, a financial roadblock, a challenge in a relationship, etc. The big question is…Can you hit the curve?
Our ability to adjust is often challenged! That’s why Chapter 9 of my book, The Recruit: - Life Lessons -, is entitled… See Challenge as Opportunity. This chapter helps you to avoid “Trouble with the Curve.”