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Moneyball: A New Approach to an Old Game

Dawn and I watched the Moneyball DVD recently, starring Brad Pitt. We found it not only entertaining but also educational.

The film was based on a book by Michael Lewis: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. It opens with a great quote from Mickey Mantle: “It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game you’ve been playing all your life.”

The movie is a captivating story about the phenomenal rise of the Oakland Athletics in 2002 that forever changed the course of baseball. They started by redefining the problem of a low-budget team and asking different questions.

There’s a lot more to the story, and I don’t mean to oversimplify it or spoil it for you if you haven’t seen it. But the approach they took can teach us a lot in terms of how we approach the problems and opportunities of business and life.

How we define a problem makes a substantial difference in how we solve it—or IF we solve it. Define it differently and we solve it differently. Ask different questions and you get different answers.

Bottom line: question everything. It’s the beginning of innovation and creativity. Why, what, when, where, how makes us think—and think differently.

I encourage you to rent the movie. Maybe watch it again if you’ve already seen it. And think about how you might take a different approach to solving your problems—or the way you SEE your problems.

You just might be the one to change your industry like Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) did in Moneyball.

And here’s a new movie from Simple Truths (only three minutes). It’s called Attitude is Everything—and it’s free.

Just click on the graphic to watch.

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