Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference

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Throughout his legendary baseball career, Cal Ripken, Jr., inspired fans on and off the field and broke countless records, including Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played. Since retiring from baseball following the 2001 season, Ripken has been asked many times to share the secrets of his success. If you've ever wondered what encouraged him then and what inspires him now, look no further than Get in the Game. In this book, Ripken shares his 8 Elements of Perseverance, telling stories about his ...

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Overview

Throughout his legendary baseball career, Cal Ripken, Jr., inspired fans on and off the field and broke countless records, including Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played. Since retiring from baseball following the 2001 season, Ripken has been asked many times to share the secrets of his success. If you've ever wondered what encouraged him then and what inspires him now, look no further than Get in the Game. In this book, Ripken shares his 8 Elements of Perseverance, telling stories about his exhilarating career in baseball and sharing insights on life and work. The principles he has gleaned from his life so far-from his legendary father and his time and years with the Orioles-will work for you, too.

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Ripken is now applying these principles to build a successful grassroots sports business dedicated to kids and growing the game of baseball worldwide. From his numerous public-speaking engagements each year to his weekly Ripken Baseball radio show on XM Satellite Radio, Cal Ripken, Jr., is a sought-after advisor to fans from all walks of life. Get in the Game gives all of us advice from a celebrated achiever

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Athletic superstar Ripken (Play Baseball the Ripken Way) turns the often pro-forma business/personal management guidebook into a well-written combination autobiography and inspirational self-help book. During his long career with the Baltimore Orioles, Ripken broke numerous baseball records, including New York Yankee Lou Gehrig's record for most consecutive games played, and he was recently voted into the Hall of Fame at his first opportunity. Unlike Ripken's other autobiographical books on baseball, this one begins with a contemplation of Gehrig's famed work ethic (maintained even after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and analyzing "the many parallels in our careers and how similarly he and I approached our jobs." Ripken breaks down Gehrig-style perseverance—"steadfastness, hanging in there in the face of difficulty, overcoming obstacles"—into eight elements, each with its own chapter: "The Right Values," "A Strong Will to Succeed," "Love What You Do, "Preparation," "Anticipation, "Trusting Relationships," "Life Management" and "The Courage of Your Convictions." Many of his observations border on the clichéd ("Straight shooters get more work, are appreciated more, and are almost always respected"). But overall the book's essential message—"If you enjoy the journey, you're going to be more involved. And then you'll always be in the game"—is illuminating even to those who aren't baseball fans. (Apr. 10)

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Preparation, anticipation, and loving what you do: three of baseball great Ripken's rules for getting ahead. With a national tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641969867
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Cal Ripken is baseball’s all-time Iron Man. He retired from baseball in October 2001 after twenty-one seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His name appears in the record books repeatedly, most notably as one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played (2,130) and voluntarily ended his streak in 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games. Although he finished his career at third base, he is best known for redefining the position of shortstop, and in January 2007 he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

As the President & CEO of the Ripken Baseball Group, Cal is committed to growing the game of baseball at the grassroots level. Ripken Baseball has built and operates The Aberdeen Project, a baseball complex consisting of Ripken Stadium, home to the minor league Aberdeen IronBirds, and the Ripken Youth Baseball Academy. It also owns the Class A Augusta (GA) GreenJackets and has recently opened The Ripken Experience, a youth complex in Myrtle Beach, SC. Cal is also founder of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, which brings baseball to disadvantaged youth across the country, refurbishes fields, and donates baseball equipment to public schools. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and their children, Rachel and Ryan.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
The Right Values     3
A Strong will to Succeed     27
Love What You do     55
Preparation     81
Anticipation     111
Trusting Relationships     137
Life Management     167
The Courage of Your Convictions     193
Afterword     229

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    A must for Leaders, Coaches and true fans of the game of baseball!

    I picked up this book because I grew up watching Cal Ripken playing and representing the game the right way. Like him, I played the shortstop position and admired the way he conducted himself on and off the field, i.e with great dignity, determination and pride. This book provided great insight and knowledge about the daily grind and mental challenges, faced by professional athletes, that we ordinarily are not privy to, but he goes into good detail how to handle such adversity. I think the life lessons he shares about his interaction with his dad, brother and family provides a canvas of how to be successful under difficult circumstances. I felt connected with this book because of the passion Cal had for his work and his deire to be consistently good at his craft and finally, I feel he is one of those people who simply "do something because it's the right thing to do!" A favorite mantra of mine is, "Good habits are hard to break, just like bad habits", and I feel Cal Ripken exemplifies that mantra. I also recommend that anyone in a position of leadership or learning to deal with adversity in business or in life read this book and pick up a copy to share with a friend or colleague - well worth it!.

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