Ya Neva Know: you know what I mean? is a lifestyle podcast hosted by Mike Stud. It’s a show about athletes, entrepreneurs, artists and the adversity they have overcome to turn their dreams into reality. This week, Mike sits down with Chris Archer to talk about correcting their ways of thinking at pivotal moments in their lives.
It’s OK to Take the loss
I feel like every experience is good, because, even the ones that don’t turn out how you expected you learn the most about yourself. If you go out there and win every game and every song is a hit, and everything you do is massive, then you don’t learn, you don’t grow, you don’t evolve.Chris on why he values all experiences.
In 2016, Chris Archer lost a brutal 19 games. In 2019, his earned run average (ERA) was a 5.00. Does he look at those statistics and wish things went differently on the mound? Hell no.
He looks at them and finds the positives. Whether it was something he learned about himself or a realization of the value someone close to him, Chris understood those tough times put him in stages of growth.
That does not mean Chris is happy to take L’s. He simply acknowledges that losses happen and that there is something to learn at every experience. He knows no individual can be perfect, and no individual should expect themselves to be.
the power of being mindful
Mike and Chris establish the power of being mindful of this episode. Here are some key examples below.
- Chris did not have a traditional upbringing. Early in the episode, he explains to Mike what his childhood was like growing up. While it might not have been ideal, he talks on how he found peace within himself once he learned to forgive some of his family members.
- Mike and Chris visit the problem of rising education costs in the U.S. For both, they knew from the beginning that families with capital had the luxury to pay in full for their kids to go to prestigious universities. Yet, they are not bitter towards those that have more. They focus on getting themselves to that level someday.
- Toward the end of their conversation, Mike shares he is happy he is not a baseball player, because he knows it was not his true purpose. For Chris, he shares that he has learned that baseball is not just a job, but rather an art form for him. It is his best way of expressing himself and using his platform to help others.
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