Baseball: My First Love
May 7, 2014
Hosted by Mickey Ellison
My love of baseball was passed down to me from my father. For my dad, it was passed down to him from his father. Some of my greatest memories I have as a child were given to me by the game. Playing catch with my dad in the back yard. Wiffle Ball with my brother and friends for hours upon end. Little League memories that I cherish because my coach, Terry Smith, spent many hours with us as young boys. Two South Carolina State Championships; One at age 13 and another in high school that led to 4 years at Vanderbilt University. Now, it’s my turn to share that love with my two sons, but something has changed. The game that once took an imagination and a few friends to play has now become big business, leaving those without financial means behind. Possibly to never enjoy the greatest game ever invented. League 42 in Wichita, KS has decided not to let that happen. Making baseball available to those without thousands of dollars to play. Other organizations like Ripken Baseball and MLB are working to make baseball affordable for all kids around the nation. Join me on the Mickey Ellison Show with my guests from League 42 as we discuss what they are doing in Wichita, and hopefully our conversation will spark a revival in the greatest game ever throughout America. Baseball is our national pastime. Don’t let the dream die for kids because of money making sure it is a part of our future.
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Children are more wise than adults because they question everything, and as adults, we are often annoyed by those questions, especially the question “Why?” We adults become “set in our ways”, when in reality answering the question “why” may cause us to question what we believe. We would rather give the answer, “it just is,” because we are intellectually lazy and we really don’t know why. The question “why” is an important question because it requires critical thinking to answer. “Why” can back up our beliefs or “why” can break them down and cause us to realize that many of our thoughts are really not our own, rather they are thoughts of others that we have accepted as our own.
Here are some “why” questions for you to consider. Why do some churches ban dancing? David danced! Is a little inflation a good thing? Is our tax code over 70,000 pages long? Are there racists? No one is born that way! Never stop asking why! You never know what you might discover.
I was born in a small town in South Carolina with the dream of playing professional baseball. That dream died in 1993 when my career at Vanderbilt ended. I chased wealth through network marketing only to be $200k in debt after two years. In 1999 I became a financial planner, and a Certified Financial Planner in 2006. While in network marketing and financial planning I heard so many times that perception is reality and “Fake it till you make it,” and those clichés are lies! I had that gut feeling that something was wrong and never spoke up or acted, and in 2009, I found myself scared with one prayer, and that was to know the truth. In my search, I had to look in the mirror, and realized many of the gut feelings that I had about the industry were correct. My goal is to educate, and most of that education is simply common sense. For what it’s worth, I believe my experiences in life can help people, from failing in baseball, and reflecting on the excuses. From pretending to be someone I’m not to get rich in network marketing. From being scared to death because of debt. Pretending to be someone I wasn’t in the financial industry, and now helping people understand what they have in investments and what they are paying. Much of what society tries to sell us is a lie, and if we think for ourselves, search inside, question everything, we can find truth. Find the child inside of us that asks the question “Why?”