"Kid, this means a lot to me. Hope it means a lot to you, too. This is the baseball I received when I went into the Hall of Fame. It's made of crystal, it's priceless. Don't drop it!!! Enjoy. It's yours, Kid." Jack Buck, 1999
Had an opportunity to be interviewed earlier this week by MLB Network. They're producing a video to run nationally on Father's Day celebrating the unlikely relationship between National baseball broadcaster Jack Buck and a little nine-year-old burn victim named John Oleary.
Last week they interviewed my mom, dad, brother Jim, Bob Costas and several others for the story.
For me, the highlight was sitting in the booth where Jack Buck broadcast baseball for more than four decades with his son, Joe.
Overlooking the field, on a gorgeous sunny day, we talked about sports, careers, but mostly his dad. It was an emotional afternoon.
Near the end of our time together, I surprised Joe by showing him the crystal baseball his father gave away to me upon graduating college.
The little boy with no chance to survive the fire at age nine still had no clue what to do in life at age 22. Still, Jack came in one final time and gifted the most valuable trophy he'd received.
When he visited me in the hospital, he encouraged me to fight for my life.
When he gifted the baseball 12 years later, he revealed to me that the ultimate goal in life is not to see what we can get, but to see how much we can give.
It's a lesson I'm still trying to learn, but one I think we all might benefit from hearing loud and clear today.
"This means a lot to me, hope it means a lot to each of you, too!"
Lolly Daskal grew up in Brooklyn, NY. One of the biggest, most metropolitan cities in the world, and yet to Lolly “it felt very small.” Her life existed within a few blocks and her community spoke only Yiddish, German & Hungarian. She was expected to be married & begin having children by 16.
When she moved away from the community, she discovered the power of #books and believed: “Wow! I can ask any question, do anything, be anyone!”
For the first time – her world felt expansive. While she no longer felt she had a home, she realized that “sometimes you have to get lost to be found.”
Today, Lolly is a highly sought business consultant with a mission to help people "lead from within" her book "The Leadership Gap" was just released. Join us on S3: Ep. 30 of the #LiveInspired Podcast:
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