Career Calling

October 31, 2013

Walking Away from the Game

I often cite Seth Godin, who’s one of my favorite writers and thinkers.  In his book, The Dip¸ Godin explores how winners know how to quit the things that hold them back from moving forward.  The New Yorker has published a short essay by Adrian Cardenas, who last played in the Chicago Cubs organization.  He played in 45 games for the Cubs in 2012.  Cardenas is eloquent in explaining why he left the big leagues to focus on being a student.

I was especially impressed by his confession that money took away from the joy of the game.  That’s a hard confession to make.  Most of us would kill to make the minimum big league salary.  Baseball as a business was not what Cardenas, a student at New York University, wanted.  Leaving the sport is his first step to a new life.  May he find happiness.