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The Importance Of Complimenting Others Even When You Perform Poorly

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Jake Wald (@Jake_Wald) played collegiate baseball for George Washington University and then went on to have a 9 year pro career. He played at every level of the San Francisco Giants minor league system and finished his career in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After briefly coaching college baseball, Jake joined Positive Coaching Alliance and is now the Business Development Manager, overseeing Chapter Expansion.

During his time playing AA minor league baseball, Wald's favorite teammate was Mike Cervenak, a minor league journeyman before being called up to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. Mike, usually one of the best performing hitters, was going through a 'bad stretch.' During this stretch, Wald was performing exceptionally well and received a compliment from the struggling Cervenak.

It went a long way that Cervenak complimented Wald even when he was performing poorly. It showed true leadership and really made a difference in Wald's career, so much so that Wald made sure to compliment his teammates good performance when he was playing poorly moving forward.