Embrace Your Challenges

By Liz Bentley

There’s a great scene in “A League of Their Own”  that encapsulates why the hardest challenges we face are the most fulfilling and crucial to overcome.  In it, Tom Hanks’s character (Jimmy Dugan) is the coach of a professional all-women’s baseball team during World War II. Geena Davis’s character (Dottie Hinson) is the catcher and she’s about to play her sister who’s the pitcher on the other team in the finals. Facing intense sibling rivalry and the pressure of having her husband just return from war, Dottie’s about to leave the team as the players board the bus. Jimmy sees her and immediately tries to coach her out of quitting.


Jimmy: I’m in no position to tell anyone how to live. But sneaking out like this…quitting. You’ll regret it for the rest of your life. Baseball is what gets inside you. It lights you up. You can’t deny that.

Dottie: It just got too hard.

Jimmy: It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.

To be an Olympian in the workplace and in your life for that matter, you have to embrace the hard.  It’s supposed to be hard.  There’s no getting away from it. There’s no easy button.  As Jimmy says, “if it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.”

In the clip below, I outline ways you can embrace the hard when you're faced with something challenging. First and foremost, make sure you see it as the true opportunity it is. And remember, embracing the hard is what's going to lead to greater success and fulfillment in your life.