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Justin Turner Has What It Takes

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Justin Turner’s rise to stardom is a great story! He has gone from utility man to All-Star to Post Season hero. He certainly has what it takes to succeed.

Justin Turner is the 32 year-old third baseman of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He attended Cal State Fullerton and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He was traded from the Reds to the Baltimore Orioles. Turner has played in the Major Leagues with the Orioles, New York Mets, and Dodgers. Justin Turner became an All-Star for the first time in 2017.

You may also know Turner for his legendary beard which he started to grow after the Mets dumped him. Kevin Kernan from the New York Post wrote a really great piece on him in a recent article about how he’s turned into a folk hero. One quote by the charismatic player caught my eye:

“It’s more about not being satisfied,” Turner said. “Trying to continue to grow.”

Justin Turner was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 National League Championship Series. He held his own with the Mets, but they released him. Turner met Marlon Byrd at the end of his final season (2013) with the Mets. Their conversations helped change Turner’s career! Byrd pushed Turner to change his approach to hitting. Turner ultimately “bought in” and added a leg kick, lowered his hands, and started to drive the ball instead of just trying to make contact. He got more “loft” into his swing and the results were incredible! Turner, who never had double digit home run totals, has hit 16, 27, and 21 home runs the last three seasons! Launch angle!

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Keep in mind:

  • It’s never too late to change your approach.
  • If you are having some success (Turner was a Major League player for several years) be open minded on how you can improve.
  • There’s no substitute for hard work, provided you are working smart! Justin Turner has a great work ethic and is now a star!

So what motivates you to become bigger, better, greater? Is it the promise of a raise or promotion at work? Or are you looking to set an example and leave behind a legacy? Maybe you want to be a trailblazer and create new ways and methods for people to use. AccelaWork’s Ashley Lee talked about motivation and what drives employees to be more productive. Maybe it’s not always about the money; maybe employees need more than that to shine like Turner does in nearly every ball game he’s in.

To discover what sparks the drive in your employees, talk to them and learn what they want, what they strive for, what they need in order to be happy. As surprising as it may sound, not everyone is motivated by money. Sure, a raise is always nice, but a bigger paycheck doesn’t necessarily put at bay an employee’s desire for more. Talk to each of your team members and find out what their short-term and long-term goals are. What you’ll soon discover is that each of your employees has a different perspective and perhaps other ideas on how they can find happiness, satisfaction and ultimately, motivation in their job.

Find your thing, your spark, and let it grow. Encourage your coworkers, employees, family members to figure out what their goals are. There may be ways you can lend a hand while they’re on their own path in life. And don’t be ashamed to ask for help, too. As Turner said in a recent quote, “To go what I went through in NY, made me a better player and better person.” We all will hit bumps on the road to success!

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Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman is the longtime radio and television “voice” of the Indianapolis Indians and a professional speaker. When he’s not broadcasting, he travels around the country inspiring audiences.
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