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How Astros Slugger Yordan Alvarez Reminded Me to Take an Attitude of Gratitude

By Chris Yee | Uncategorized | Jul 18

Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez has been selected to the American League All-Star team for the first time in his four-year career.

He was also invited to participate in the home run derby since only two other players have more home runs than him this season. This is quite an accomplishment for a young man who turned 25 years old last month. But on the same day his All-Star selection was announced (Sunday July 10), the Astros placed him on the 10-day injured list because of a hand injury.

According to the Astros manager Dusty Baker, “Yordan has been suffering with the injury for a couple weeks and it’s gotten worse.”

Here is where my story begins…

My son and I had dinner together Sunday and talked at length about how it’d feel to be Alvarez that day. Alvarez had something absolutely fabulous happen – his first All-Star selection and an invitation to participate in the home-run derby alongside other marquee players – but unfortunately, he’ll likely miss both events next week because of his injury. My son and I got to talking about how good things sometimes happen at a bad time. We agreed every adult has experienced this at least once.

Recruiters deal with that from time to time when we present a super talent to a hiring manager who tells us “my gracious, that person is perfect for my organization but we don’t have the budget to bring them on board”.

For me, starting Zenith Search Partners in early 2016 was an exhilarating, albeit terrifying, time in my life. I was devoting countless hours to the business, but didn’t mind at all. I was working for myself for the first time in my life and it was an absolute rush. (Did I mention it was also terrifying? I think I did.)

But my father suddenly passed away just a few weeks after starting Zenith. It really, really affected me and the mourning process took months and months. In many ways, my dad was my hero, but that’s for another post at another time.

So….how do YOU react when a good thing happens at a bad time?

For me, I chose to take an attitude of gratitude. I was thankful my father had been a part of my life for almost fifty years. I was thankful for the support and training MRINetwork and several offices who came alongside me and provide guidance, training and a shoulder to cry on.

Zenith Search Partners is in our seventh year and I’m still thankful.   

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