Dissecting Nolan Ryan’s Quote About Understanding Your Own Limits

“Everyone has limits. You just have to learn what your own limits are and deal with them accordingly.” – Nolan Ryan

If you have ever had any appreciation whatsoever for baseball, Nolan Ryan requires no introduction… For those who don’t follow baseball, just know he is still considered to be one of the best pitchers of all time. What he was really known for though, was his fast ball… What do you suppose a great pitcher might be trying to express about limits? What if you were expected to have a multitude of skills (varying pitches for example) and you were only fair at all the other pitches you were expected to know and throw? How do we deal accordingly with our own limits?

First, we must be willing to make an honest assessment or evaluation of our current skill level, strengths, abilities, and areas of opportunity. For clarification, an area of opportunity only becomes a weakness when it is not acknowledged and managed. We must first know ourselves and we must decide if we are willing to put the work and the effort in to manage around our limits. Not everyone can be great at everything, but we can all be great at something. Become great at the one thing you are really good at already. Develop excellence in the one thing, and learn how to deal with the other limits. One of the reasons teams are so effective, is because each member has the opportunity to be great at their one thing and leverage the abilities of the rest of the team to manage their limitations in other areas.

What are some of the strategies to deal with limits effectively? In other words, what are the work arounds? First, we can get better. There isn’t a book we can’t read or a skill we can’t learn! Remember, we don’t need to be excellent at everything… The work around is to either become proficient, delegate the task to someone else, or manage around it. We can outsource. Let those who are experts, bring their value to what we are trying to accomplish. Make them a part of the team. How else can we manage around our limits? Answer creatively, and we can then focus on being the very best at whatever we are already really good at doing… And finally, let’s not forget about coaching. Even the greatest pitchers in baseball have pitching coaches! Coaches see what we can’t. Great coaches help us manage around our limits by helping us deal with them accordingly…

Author: Bobby Kountz

Bobby Kountz is a former Oncology Nurse, a seasoned Oncology Sales Professional, and Personal Development Enthusiast. He is also an Inspirational Writer, Professional Speaker, Personal Development and Career Transition Coach, Dedicated Community Volunteer, Social Equality Activist, Mental Health Activist, and Loving Father and Husband.


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