I just watched the video of the move “Moneyball” featuring Brad Pitt.
Fascinating story – a general manager (Billy Bean) who wanted to change the game of baseball. With a third of the budget of big teams like the Yankees, he usually loses his best players at the end of the season because of better offers.
He, then, tries out a new way to figure out a way to win games without paying big name All Stars. He hires a young Yale grad who studies the statistics and figures out a way to put the puzzle pieces together of what can potentially be a great team.
As a result of getting no names and players baseball teams no longer want, they put together a group of guys who are not All Stars (so it can fit the budget) yet win games. They end up breaking the record of the longest streak of wins in a season – 20 games.
Because of this, he gets an offer from the Boston Red Sox to become their new general manager for the coming season for 12.5 million dollars which would’ve made him the highest paid general manager in the history of baseball.
But all throughout the movie, Billy’s 12 year old daughter worries that if her dad loses his job or moves to another city, she will be further away from him because she’s been living with her mom since the divorce.
The final scene comes to a close with Billy’s daughter sending him a CD of her singing. But before she starts the song, she once again reiterates her fear of being far away from daddy.
Twelve point five million. Better team to manage. Nicer platform. Much better chance of winning a World Series championship.
All these, he dumps because of one value – to be near his daughter.
Commitment is making a choice to give up other choices.
As Brandon Sanderson said, “The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.”
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” (Stephen Covey)