Whether it's on ESPN, sports radio or the blogosphere, we watch, listen and read the stories about the life of Jose Fernandez. From these stories, we can learn, not just as businesspeople but as human beings.
Jose Fernandez was a Cuban refugee. Jose Fernandez spent time in a Cuban prison. Jose Fernandez overcame a potentially career-ending injury to become one of the best in the world at his craft.
He was more than a survivor, he was a thriver.
From this, we can learn that our personal fights need to all be put into perspective.
The jobs we didn't get; the significant others who broke our hearts; the money we lost. Do these compare to being locked up in jail as a political prisoner, having to escape by risking our lives? Facing the fact that because of an injury, you may never be able to do what you do for a living, or what you love to do, ever again?
These seem like more serious things than not having work-life balance for a few months.
These are the obvious learns from the death and life of Jose Fernandez.
How about the not so obvious....
Yesterday, I listened to the Dan Le Batard show on ESPN radio. Le Batard is a Miami journalist and personality who had a close connection to Fernandez. During the show, they played past interviews and some interesting stories Fernandez had shared.
When he entered the United States, he was in the bathroom at the airport and was surprised to see people wash their hands. He said in Cuba, you don't see people wash their hands. They would finish and leave. He watched in amazement as people put their hands under the faucet, and water came out. He didn't understand it.
He put his hands under the spout, and water didn't come out. He touched the spout and nothing. He stepped back, watched another guy wash his hands, and tried again but still couldn't get it to come out. So, he left. He had never seen it and there were no directions. Only later did he realize he had to have his hands below the sensor.
How often in business do we judge people when we don't know what the person does or doesn't know? What they have experienced or not experienced?
Clients, customers, job applicants. We don't know what they know or what their experiences are. We're too quick to judge.
We should all do some self-examination about how others see our lives and the individual world we live in. We should never forget how lucky we are, and realize that what's simple to you, may be complex to someone else.
Take the time to explain to others knowing it will help them grow as a result. It will make you not only a better businessperson, but a better person.