23 Sep Business Wisdom From Yogi

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I'm mourning the death and celebrating the life of Yogi Berra as much as a writer as a baseball fan.

As Nate Scott of USA Today wrote, "Berra’s contributions to MLB history are incalculable, but his legacy might be even better remembered for what he contributed to American language. A sportswriters’ favorite, Berra had countless expressions and turns of phrase that were memorable because most of them didn’t make any sense. (At the same time, every one had some truth to it.)"

And several of Yogi's most-famous sayings are perfect for the small business owner's life, too:

"You can observe a lot by just watching." (When was the last time you just stopped for a few minutes to see what's really happening in your business?)

"You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there." (Yep. Gotta plan.)

The late, great Yogi Berra
Many of Yogi Berra's famous quotes will hit a home run with small business owners.
"Never answer an anonymous letter." (Who knows what this means? But I like to think Yogi was saying it's best not to waste your time on people who criticize you. Whether you're slammed via online reviews or in petty gossip, resist the urge to respond to every slight. Life's too short.)

"You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go." (Translation, I think: Sometimes you get better results by not overthinking things. I need to remember this one. Yogi also said, "How can you think and hit at the same time?")

And finally, perhaps the most famous Yogi-ism ever: "It ain’t over till it’s over." But as Yogi proved in life and now in death, if you live your life right, you'll leave some sort of legacy. In Yogi's case, we'll be quoting him forever (and smiling when we do it).

So thanks for everything, Yogi. It still ain't over.

Last modified on Thursday, 24 September 2015 06:39
Julie Fanselow

Julie Fanselow is INVISION editor-in-chief. She has been wearing glasses since the fourth grade -- right about the same time she decided she wanted to be a journalist. Coincidence?