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Million dollar Arm is  a story of skill, luck and love  meeting opportunity. It is indeed the story of  a part of your  journey in enterprise. In Million Dollar Arm,  J.B. Bernstein and his partner Ash, all American sports agents are struggling to find  good talent in United States. They are struggling to succeed. They hear of an Asian businessman who is looking to invest in Asian-based athletes. The other side of all struggles,  is indeed the real definition of opportunity. If talent were easily available, it wouldn’t be an opportunity for Bernstein and his partner. They went ahead and pitched the idea and its accepted by the investor.  Only that instead of 2 years, the investor wants it done in   one year.  Again opportunity. And they assemble  the skills and their wares and travel to India to  look for Indian talent.  A year later they signed up two talented Indian athletes  who finally get a contract with  Pittsburg Pirates.

In your Journey  through enterprise, this movie passes among many others the following lessons

  • Fall in love. A great part of Million dollar arm is a story of love. Bernstein is never quite successful until he falls in love with his baseball, with Singh and Patel. And Patel and Sing don’t begin succeed until they learn to enjoy baseball. And they don’t even succeed until they realize that Bernstein cares. And its because of Bernstein’s charming and sweet friend that he started to put the interests of Patel and Singh ahead of  his  commercial interests. And finally when all didn’t work out, it was his love for Patel and Singh that pushes him to try to get them a second  shot at being the stars they became. In  Enterprise, there will be real pressure. You will want to meet payroll. And meet financial targets. And datelines. Those are key. Even more Key staying to a bigger enough reason beyond money. And thats often love for work and for people.  Steve Jobs put it well when he said, “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.” For more of this please find our book in Amazon, Different Millionaires
  • Look for Problems Opportunity. Look for it where  where there is trouble. When you lack, or  when under stress, when you  hit that  wall, thats indeed where you may need to hang on, because thats in fact  where  you may have a shot at making something meaningful. This is simplistic idea but sometimes, we miss the opportunity because the current situation is too tough for us see it as an opportunity. The other side of problem = opportunity.
  • Don’t Quit.  Hang on there. Ash just gives up the last minute, the last night before Bernstein comes up with a competition based idea based idea for their business. Sometimes, that quality to persist is indeed an instrumental thing. Indeed it was Calvin Coolidge who put  it more perfectly that “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
  • Take Risk. Go through Surgery. Extra-ordinary problems  in your business may require looking where you haven’t looked before. It may require somewhat you going through surgery- temporary painful process. Bernstein looked to Asia. He looked  to a talent scout who could help them. He agreed to the cut dateline. Push yourself today to do what you haven’t done. Be comfortable being uncomfortable.




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