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Financial lessons to take from Baseball

  • 5/16/2024

Batter up – it’s baseball season!

Time to polish that mitt and get the old pitcher’s arm warmed up.

But believe it or not, America’s national pastime can teach you valuable money management lessons. Let’s take a look at five money takeaways you can learn from baseball.

1. Singles and doubles can help win the game

Everyone would love to play or watch a game where your team only hits homers, but that never happens. Don’t give up when you only hit a single or a double – those can help win the game, too.

When it comes to money, every dollar saved add sup. Don’t fall into the mistake of thinking it only pays to save big bucks. Every little bit can help you build your nest egg and reach your financial goals.

Aim for the home runs but remember that singles and doubles can help win the game.

2. It’s a long season

It’s easy to get disheartened after a long game, but nearly every team will have to pick themselves up and get back in the game after a loss. The best way to keep your spirits up after losing a game is to remember that it’s a long season and your team can recover – maybe even take the championship.

The same holds true for your finances. You likely won’t experience ongoing financial success without setbacks. Don’t let these difficulties slow you down!

3. Strikeout swinging

In baseball, you can strike out by sitting out a great pitch that hits the strike zone, or by trying to hit a ball and missing. This means that even the best baseball players miss more than they hit.

Finances work similarly. You may miss more than you hit, but you’ll only see real success if you swing at that ball. Look for investment opportunities, avenues for career growth, and other ways to improve your financial circumstances.

4. Know your stats

In baseball, players carefully track their performance metrics, including their batting average, on-base percentage and earned run average.

Similarly, ignorance is never bliss when it comes to your finances. Make sure you are fully aware of your financial stats, such as your net worth, credit score and debt-to-income ratio. This will keep you on top of your financial health and improve your weak spots before they spiral out of control. Know your financial stats so you can be on top of your game.

5. Practice discipline

Baseball players spend a ton of time honing their skills and perfecting their craft.

Successful money management requires similar levels of discipline. Stick to a budget, try to avoid unnecessary expenses and prioritize saving and investing for your future. Discipline wins the game!

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