In this episode, we tackle one of the more controversial topics circulating the newswire today: Is Derek Jeter a first ballot hall-of-fame baseball player?

The argument I make in the IA Today show is, absolutely yes. But not necessarily because of his numbers. For sure, his numbers are great and deserving of spot in the baseball hall-of-fame.

But I don’t know if, on his numbers alone, he’s a first ballot hall-of-famer (at a minimum it’s debatable). But when you take into account Derek Jeter, the player as whole and the legacy he’ll leave the game with, there is no doubt.

In an age of steroids and scandal, Derek Jeter was the consummate professional. He’s one of the few players in today’s game who you’d want your son or daughter to view as a role model… and personally, I believe that means a lot.

It’s Derek Jeter’s legacy that makes him a first ballot hall-of-fame baseball player.

Our Insurance Legacy

This concept of legacy also applies to our insurance agencies. Our success as insurance professionals will not be judged solely by the number of policies we write, but rather how we go about the business of insurance over time.

What are you doing to establish a legacy for your agency?


Video Transcript:

Hello, and welcome to another episode of IA Today. I’m coming to you from the Albany, New York, airport parking lot. I’m on my way to Illinois for the Illinois State Insurance Convention. I’m looking forward to that. It’s going to be a great event.

Today I wanted to leave you with a quick thought around Derek Jeter and his retirement recently. So baseball fans are familiar with Derek Jeter, and specifically the concept of whether or not Derek Jeter should be considered a first ballot Hall-of-Famer.

Now this is probably one of the more controversial topics that we’ll tackle here on the show. There are people on both sides that get fired up, whether a Yankees fan or not. Specifically about this is, really when you look into Derek’s numbers, yes, I think his numbers warrant being a Hall-of-Famer. But if he wasn’t who he was, I don’t know if he would be considered a first ballot Hall-of-Famer.

Yes, he’s right near the top of the all-time hits list and yes, he’s had a fantastic career. He’s always been solid, but not spectacular, at shortstop, five World Series rings, Rookie of the Year, many other accolades. But would he necessarily be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer?

What I think we can learn from Derek Jeter and why I ultimately believe that he will be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer in Major League Baseball is his legacy. It’s the way that Derek Jeter played the game. It’s the respect that he earned from his peers over time doing it the right way. In a time of steroids and scandal, Derek Jeter has been the ultimate professional, has never found his way into negative headlines, and I think that if we look at our own business, this is something that we can learn from him.

This is a very quick episode. I just want you to think about your legacy and share in the notes below what it means to have a legacy. What does a legacy mean to your agency, and what are you doing in your agency to create a legacy that will last, whether you’re a child working for a parent, or a parent with children coming up through the business? What will your legacy be?

My name is Ryan Hanley. This is another episode of IA Today, and I’ll look forward to seeing you soon.

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Thank you and Good luck,

Ryan Hanley

Your Turn

What does legacy mean to you and your agency? What things are you doing to build a legacy inside and outside of your agency? How important is legacy to the future of your agency?

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