New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra poses at spring training in Florida, in an undated file photo. (AP Photo)
Baseball legend Yogi Berra passed away at the age of 90. I’ve always loved his quotes. It’s hard to be funny (but not cheesy) and wise at the same time.
“We made too many wrong mistakes.”
Hey, there are good mistakes.
How about this one:
“How can you think and hit at the same time?”
Some people think it’s funny because, obviously, you have to think to hit. But I think Berra was being serious.
How can you do anything well when you’re thinking about it too much?
Of course you had to think to learn how to hit. When you were first trying to do it, you thought about everything – how to stand, how to hold the bat, how to watch the ball, how to swing, and more.
But the only way to become a great hitter is to practice so much that you don’t have to think about it anymore. It’s the only way to get in the zone or the flow or whatever you want to call it.
Isn’t that the same with everything we love to do?
How can you think and play guitar really well at the same time?
How can you think and have a great conversation at the same time?
How can you think and make a great sales presentation at the same time?
How often do we hurt ourselves by thinking too much?
Yes, we need to think, plan and organize in everything we do. But then we need to stop thinking and just do it.
That’s when greatness happens.
More of my favorite Berra quotes:
You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.
It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.
The future ain’t what it used to be.
Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.
You can observe a lot by just watching.
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.