On my global leadership path, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with some amazing non-profits. One such organization is the The Branch Rickey Award, whose mission is to help at-risk kids. As a European transplant, I didn’t know a lot about baseball. But I have always known that one of my passions is to help less fortunate children.
As if supporting the Branch Rickey wasn’t enough, earlier this week I had the chance to speak with Roberto Clemente Jr. Unlike me, many of you already know that Roberto’s father was hired by Branch Rickey and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956. As one of the first Hispanic players in the major leagues, Clemente went on to have an extraordinary career that ended when he was killed in a plane crash delivering relief supplies to Nicaragua in 1972.
I must say that it was a genuine privilege to spend some time with Roberto. What an honor! I felt like a five year old girl with eyes full of wonder all over again. We talked about many things that I’ll be sharing in my upcoming book, including his reflections on his hero and legendary father.
As we approach the celebration of another legendary American, Martin Luther King, Jr., I’ve found myself thinking about how these two men words – born worlds apart and whose death’s affected so many – still resonate today.
Four things that stand out the most:
#1: Sense of Purpose – Bigger, greater than their own life!
In addition to his tectonic introduction of Jackie Robinson to baseball (and the world) Branch Rickey and Roberto Clemente knew that the man on the field would blaze another new path on the road less traveled. Clemente had to not only adjust to the pressure of proving himself to his teammates, but also to the rest of the world.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
#2: Sense of Urgency – It’s been said that both Clemente and Dr. King knew deep down that their life would be cut short. As a result, both of them wanted to do as much as possible with the time they had, fearlessly working on their cause and true purpose.
In their own time and in their own way, both men lived their personal and professional roles by serving others, building strategic partnerships and alliances, giving a voice to the voiceless and building local, national and global communities.
#3: Profound Passion – To give everything on the field and then to give back to the community! An undying passion to serve and help others was consistently demonstrated by both legendary leaders.
Their passion not only translated into love, but also unwavering faith. Get up, show up, and do your best – a mantra that they lived by every single day. As King Jr. proclaimed, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
#4: Far-Reaching Dreams – Dreams beyond race, class, or economic equality! The dream of a peaceful world and its positive global impact on everyone was a key driver of their extraordinary actions.
“Why does everyone talk about the past? All that counts is tomorrow’s game.”~ Roberto Clemente
In the end, it is hard not to think what they would do next, during tomorrow’s game either on the baseball field or in the community.
These profound words still echo in my ears:
“ No matter how much we lost, we just continue to give.” ~ Roberto Clemente Jr.
What BIG game you are playing tomorrow? Are you ready? What are you giving back? How are you paying forward?
Leave a Legacy – Legacy that matters! Be a Legend – Your legendary way!
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Game on! ~ Izabela
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