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

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

by Cal Ripken Jr., Donald T. Phillips
     
 

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Baseball's all-time Iron Man, Cal Ripken, Jr., retired from baseball in 2001 after breaking countless records, including Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played. Now, in Get in the Game, he gives us his insights on hard work and success that can be applied on and off the field, based on stories from his exhilarating career in baseball. Get in the…  See more details below

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Baseball's all-time Iron Man, Cal Ripken, Jr., retired from baseball in 2001 after breaking countless records, including Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played. Now, in Get in the Game, he gives us his insights on hard work and success that can be applied on and off the field, based on stories from his exhilarating career in baseball. Get in the Game includes Ripken's 8 Elements of Perseverance:
1. The Right Values
2. A Strong Will to Succeed
3. Love What You Do
4. Preparation
5. Anticipation
6. Trusting Relationships
7. Life Management
8. The Courage of Your Convictions

Ripken is admired not only for his relentless perseverance but also for his unparalleled integrity. From his numerous public-speaking engagements each year to his weekly ?Ask Cal? column for the Baltimore Sun, Cal Ripken, Jr., is a sought-after advisor and role model to fans from all walks of life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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)

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440631924
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/10/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,036,788
File size:
247 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Warren E. Buffet
Every boy-even at age 76-needs some heroes. Cal Ripken, Jr. is one of mine. When you read this book you'll know why.
Bill Bradley
Get in the Game: 8 Principles of Perseverance that Make the Difference teaches us how to be our best . . . a lesson in perseverance from Cal Ripken, Jr. is similar to a piano lesson from Mozart. Don't miss it!
George H.W. Bush
Cal Ripken, a genuine national hero, has written a book that will inspire many young people. He talks about sound values as they apply to sports and to life itself.
David Bach
For anyone looking to get ahead in life, this book is a great motivational tool. Cal Ripken brings together the basic principles of success and provides readers with insight on how they have helped him succeed in baseball, business and life. (David Bach, bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late Finish Rich)
Bill Clinton
Cal Ripken, Jr. set the standard for hard work, dependability, and dedication on the playing field. In Get in the Game, he describes eight principles that enabled his record-breaking consecutive games streak and helped him to excel throughout his career. Whether you seek athletic, professional, or personal excellence, Cal will inspire you to persevere.
Frank Deford
Cal Ripken, Jr. is an athlete whose words match his deeds, and what he says about perseverance in Get In The Game is wise advice, whatever game you're in.
Brian Kilmeade
A great book...Ripken takes the reader from the field to the boardroom. (Brian Kilmeade, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Games Do Count)

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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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