When I was younger and playing Little League baseball, there was one moment that undoubtedly set the stage for my athletic career.
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by Tyler Palko | Originally posted on April 5th, 2016

When I was younger and playing Little League baseball, there was one moment that undoubtedly set the stage for my athletic career. Looking back now, it was both a teaching tool and a confidence booster.

I am left-handed. And unlike many ambidextrous athletes in today’s sports world, my left hand was my prized possession. Being a lefty set me apart from my teammates, no matter the sport, and I embraced the challenges that came along with this unique ability. Playing Little League as a left-hander, though, presented some limitations.

As many sports enthusiasts know, shortstop is not a position for lefties. In Little League, however, if you are not pitching, the next impact position that every coach needs to fill is shortstop. I was a pretty good athlete, so naturally my coaches plugged me in to that position without hesitation.

As I quickly found out, being a left-handed shortstop didn’t come without its challenges but my athleticism at the time compensated for those shortcomings. I was in the middle of everything! I could cover a ton of ground and loved being close to the action. It was the perfect position for me!

There was one specific instance, though, that would change my outlook on sports and leadership forever. Read the rest at the Solutions 21 Blog >

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