WHY BASEBALL IS AN APT METAPHOR FOR LIFE

I'm no Roger Angell, waxing decorously in the New Yorker. But the game offers valuable lessons.
  1. To succeed, you must embrace failure. The best hitters succeed roughly 40% of the time, if you include walks.
  2. Some days, the other team is much better than you are.
  3. It's zero-sum: there's always a winner and a loser. No ties, thank you.
  4. Great teams, on paper, don't always produce great results.
  5. Chemistry - let's define it as how people get along - can influence success.
  6. Seasons are long. So are years. Not every day is great, but some usually are.
  7. The best teams still lose 40% of the time.
  8. Strategy matters. It can lead to success or failure.
  9. Effort, will and the ability to adjust separate the good from the mediocre.