In How to Hit a Curveball, Scott Singer shows us how to handle unexpected change and to succeed when faced with the curveballs that life throws our way. This is not a business book, per se. Instead, Singer shares research, insights, and advice on how an individual can overcome the unexpected.
Singer speaks from experience. A highly successful businessman, he was faced with the loss of his job and then his marriage. By his own admission, he didn’t handle the change very well at first. He faced the same issues that we all must face. Change, especially negative change, usually forces us into some combination of despair, anger, and desperation.
Scott Singer wants to help. He has learned that it is possible to handle curveballs, and to handle them well so that you can keep your head and move forward in a positive manner no matter what life throws your way. In the book, he shares his approach to handling the unexpected and to hitting curveballs out of the park.
How to Hit a Curveball is informed by the sport of baseball. The main analogy is of a hitter being thrown a series of curveballs. Instead of giving up or getting struck out, he adjusts and hits the ball out of the park. Singer lays his chapters out as innings, and takes readers through the process of handling unexpected change; from getting thrown a curveball to becoming successful at handling anything that comes your way.
Practical Advice for Your Situation
The nice thing about this book is that it is full of practical advice. Singer speaks from his own experiences, as a professional who has had to deal with job loss and personal curveballs, but he has included a ton of research and advice from other great “curveball hitters.” You should be able to apply this advice to any situation, from personal to professional.
This book is especially great if you are facing a challenge right now and having trouble handling it. Singer takes a very positive approach and focuses not just on handling the current curveball, but preparing for future curveballs. That makes this book good for anyone, not just those with an immediate need.
If you know that you have trouble handling change and dealing with the unexpected, this book could do you a lot of good. Singer has packed it full of good advice. Some of my favorite advice includes surrounding yourself with people who can speak in to your life, redefining the situation by mentally taking yourself out of the picture (pretend you are giving advice to a friend), and taking responsibility and control of the situation (being the batter and not the ball).
Curveballs and Small Business
As a small business owner, you are probably at greater risk for professional curveballs than many people. Sure, you can’t get canned from your job, but any number of things can effect your business, from the economy, to a defect in your product, to an employee who steals from you, to a customer who posts a bad review of your business online. Sure, some curveballs are bigger than others, but you get them thrown your way constantly if you own a business.
Singer will help you first learn to deal with the unexpected, then to prepare for future curveballs. Finally, he teaches you how to build a team that will help you deal with the unexpected and to succeed where many people and businesses fail.
This book is for you if:
- You worry about handling unexpected change
- You have been hit with a curveball in your life (job loss, business loss, health issues, personal issues, etc.)
- You want to develop habits of success when it comes to dealing with the unexpected
- You need to learn how to deal with change in a positive manner so it doesn’t throw off your life
- If you are in a position where curveballs are regularly thrown your way
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