Life Lessons from Moneyball

I played a lot of baseball growing up. My dad, who was a big Kirby Puckett fan, taught me what it meant to be a “student of the game”.

Part of that was analyzing and studying how professional teams and players performed at their best.

And for the baseball nuts out there, they would also tell you any study of the sport is not complete without a viewing of the critically-acclaimed movie, Moneyball.

One of my favorite scenes from the movie is when General Manager Billy Beane of the Oakland A’s (played by Brad Pitt) is going through their draft / trade board and talking about how they replace Jason Giambi, who at the time of the story, was the key hitter in their lineup.

The other coaches and scouts were focused on who from their board could replace Giambi in their own right.

But Billy Beane thought differently.

He didn’t want to replace Giambi. At least not outright.
He wanted to find players that got on base.


It didn’t matter how they got there.

Whether it was a walk, a hit by pitch, or if they had a weird swing, none of it mattered to Billy.

All that mattered was getting on base.
It didn’t matter if it was pretty. It didn’t matter if it what was what “everyone else was doing.”

They just needed to get on base.

The same holds true in our lives.
We get fixated on maintaining a certain perception of what we do or how we do it.

And that can cause us to let go of our ability to be at our absolute best.

Not to ruin the story but…
The “moneyball” philosophy is now heavily utilized in every Major League Baseball management office, due to the success of Beane and the Oakland A’s.

The morale of the story?

Sometimes the best, most productive thing we can do, is not the “coolest” or the “flashiest”.

But yet, it works.

That’s something my clients who work with my on their investments understand.

They know there’s alternatives out there to what we do. That’s not a secret.

But they also know that if we stick to the gameplan, it will help them work towards their goals.

Just like Billy Beane’s did.


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Be Well,
Alex Morrall, CFP® & A.J. Imholte

A.J. Imholte

Author: A.J. Imholte

I strive to remain an active, positive force in the lives of my clients as they work toward their financial goals and objectives.

I develop a strategy for the unique needs of salespeople and other busy working professionals. Together, we build an agreed-upon gameplan that is easy for you to follow. With that in place, we can offload some of the day-to-day management of financial strategies from you to me. Ultimately, this gameplan will grant you the gift of your time, your most important asset.

Whether I am running, hiking, going to the gym, or doing CrossFit, I love anything that involves the outdoors and staying active. Additionally, I am a Partner of The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™, a National Eagle Scout Associate Member, a Member of the Professional Sales Association of Minnesota, and a Member of the Young Professionals of Minneapolis.

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Alex Morrall, AIF®, CFP®

Author: Alex Morrall, AIF®, CFP®

I help Minnesota business owners use their businesses to drive the lifestyle they desire.

When you work with me, financial wellness is more than numbers and money. It’s about your well-being and what’s most important in your life. Everything else is just a tool to achieve the life you love.

Apart from my work as a financial advisor, I am the founder of The Twin Cities Wellness Collective™ and host our podcast, a volunteer with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a deacon of hospitality at Trinity City Church. I also love downhill skiing in Colorado, camping, backpacking, fishing, hiking, and mountain climbing.

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