By: Dave Cole
Was eating cottage cheese the secret of Tom
As a high school pitcher, Tom Seaver was mediocre
best. In fact he didn't even make the team until he
was a senior. That year he barely was able to win
6 games while losing 5.
Giving up on any aspirations of having a Major League
Baseball career, Tom joined up with the U.S. Marines
reserve program only to find 18 months later, that
he had developed some muscles and bulk to his frame,
along with a live fastball.
Getting out of the reserves, Tom obtained a baseball
scholarship at the University of Southern California,
where he was able to learn the art of pitching from
After spending a year in the minor leagues, Tom Seaver
was called up to the New York Mets and became one of the
best pitchers in baseball.
He had a 20 year Major League career winning 311 games,
putting him in an exclusive club of only 20 pitchers in
Major League history that have won over 300 games.
In 1992 "Tom Terrific" was inducted into the prestigious
Baseball Hall of Fame.
So what was the secret of Tom Seaver's success?
Let's find out as we read an interview Tom Seaver gave
to Harvey Dorfman.
"Pitching is what makes me happy. I've devoted myself
to it, I live my life around the four days between
starts. It determines what I eat, when I go to bed,
what I do when I'm awake. It determines how I spend
my life when I'm not pitching."
"If it means I have to come to Florida and can't get
tanned because I might get a burn that would keep me
from throwing, then I never go shirtless in the sun.
If it means I have to pet dogs with my left hand,
then I do that."
"If it means in the winter I eat cottage cheese instead
of chocolate chip cookies in order to keep my weight
down, then I eat cottage cheese. I might want those
cookies but I won't ever eat them. That might bother
some people but it doesn't bother me. I enjoy the cottage
cheese. I enjoy it more than I would those cookies
because I know it will help me do what makes me happy."
"I've made up my mind what I want to do. I'm happy when
I pitch well so I only do things that help me be happy.
What motivates me is to be the best I possibly can day
after day, year after year."
Have you made up your mind yet what it takes to make
you happy and found out what motivates you to achieve
that happiness and success in your life?
If so, then what is it that you must do to be the best
you possibly can be with your chosen career or in
If eating cottage cheese and not chocolate chip cookies
is what it takes, will you eat that cottage cheese to
get what you want in life?
We wish for you the best
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