Mike Robbins
Mike Robbins

VAN WERT – Area school students packed out the Performing Arts Center on Thursday morning to take in a challenge by nationally-known speaker Mike Robbins.

Robbins, a former professional baseball player, challenged a packed house of area school students from Van Wert and surrounding counties, about the importance of, “ownership,” “mind set” and “appreciation” in developing ourselves into a successful person.

“How many deal with people that get on your nerves,” asked Robbins.

The affirmative response was overwhelming.

Robbins told the story when he visited with a counselor about his perception that people were against him.

“She asked me, ‘who is always at the scene of the crime,’” said Robbins. “Who is a common denominator in all of these relationships?”

Robbins said that the answer was simple. “It was me,” said Robbins.

“Nothing changes until you do,” observed Robbins. “How much time can I waste hoping that they will change? Nothing changes until you do. It’s all about taking ownership."

“We don’t do very well dealing with our own insecurities,” continued Robbins. “If something big gets in our way, we are worried about what other people will think about us.”

In actuality, Robbins said, not many people out there are concerned about their perceptions of us because they are too busy thinking about themselves.

“Our inside and other people’s outside don’t match up,” Robbins said.

As an expert in teamwork, leadership and emotional intelligence, Robbins delivers keynotes and seminars around the world that empower people, leaders and teams to engage in their work to collaborate and perform at their best. Through his speeches, seminars, consulting and writing, Robbins teaches important techniques that allow individuals and organizations to be more appreciative, authentic and effective with others and themselves.

Prior to his speaking career, Robbins was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead, chose to play baseball at Stanford University where he pitched in the college world series. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and pitched three seasons of professional baseball in the Royals organization prior to a career-ending arm injury.

“I can’t always control the outcome, but I can control the effort,” observed Robbins, in speaking to the topic of, “mind set.” “We can’t blame our experience on other people. We have to take ownership. If we blame our experience on other people, we take the power away.”

“Appreciation is something that is fundamental,” said Robbins. “Recognition is based on performance, a reaction to a positive performance.

“Appreciation is recognizing someone’s value, being recognized for who we are,” continued Robbins.