I've been reading Ray Dalio's Principles, on and off, for far too long, and I've yet to find a method of absorbing the information that makes sense to me. So I'm going to try something.
I'm going to start back at the beginning and try to relate each Principle (and likely some of the Sub-Principles) to baseball, training, or something else I'm passionate about. I'll write up a little post and share it here. Maybe this time the lessons will stick. Here we go:
"EMBRACE REALITY AND DEAL WITH IT"
Players like to fool themselves. Most HS players think they can play in college. Many College Freshmen think they should start. Almost everyone in Pro Ball believes they have a good shot at making the Big Leagues. This isn't reality.
HS players without a chance at playing College Ball would be better off enjoying their last seasons on the field or choosing to work their asses off to improve.
College Freshmen would benefit from putting the work first, getting after it in the weight room, and earning their playing time with their performance.
Minor Leaguers would be best suited to take an honest look at their current skills compared to Big League average, and then decide to invest in aggressive training in an attempt to close the gap.
This Principle is true for coaches as well. Most of us don't know what we are or aren't good at. We rarely get evaluated with any sort of objectivity, so we rely on our memories and what other coaches tell us.
Some tell themselves stories of successes yet conveniently forget their failures. Others are the opposite. But either way, rarely do our perceptions of our abilities line up with reality, and for our profession to advance, this needs to change.