Hey everyone, I am here in Pigeon Forge, TN at my son's baseball tournament. We are here at the Ripken Experience which is an amazing complex with amazing fields.
If you haven’t gathered this yet, the Ripken Experience is named after the Ripken family, but most notably Cal Ripken, Jr.
Cal Ripken is arguably one of the greatest shortstops to ever play the game. But what he is most known for is the amount of consecutive baseball games he played in a row. He played 2,632 games in a row. Which is unprecedented. It is a record that people say will never be broken.
What we can learn from that is how do you play 2,632 games in a row or how do you work 2,632 games in a row?
How do you dedicate so much of your effort that nothing stops you from doing what you were meant or called to do?
That is what Cal Ripken did. But here’s the thing, growing up he was known as a power pitcher - he never even played shortstop. In his first season in the minor leagues, he committed a league high of 33 errors playing shortstop. So, many questioned his ability to move from pitching to playing shortstop.
So what did he do? He worked at it.
He stayed extra, he showed up early. He made a commitment to himself that no one was going to outwork him.
So what do we take from this? When you hear about successful business people - these are the ones that dedicate their time, their energy, their life to a goal that they have set for themselves. 💪
I think it was the first Allstar game where Cal Ripken and Derek Jeter played the first game together. Derek was like how do you do it?” What do you have to do to be able to play every day? Cal simply responded “I just play” it wasn’t the fact that he showed up for work --it’s that he showed up TO work.
See the difference? 🤔
It is not just showing up for something - it is showing up to DO something.
The biggest take away I want you to get from Cal Ripken and my experience being here...if you want something, you have to put in the work.
Many people comment on my YouTube channel with “I want to do this” ...and I challenge them by saying WHEN are you going to do it? 🤔
We have to hold ourselves accountable, we need action words. Show up early and stay late. Put in the work! 💪
Success doesn’t just come to you, it is not a gift.🎁 It is something you have to earn.
Now I am going to put it to you. I want to know when you had a situation where you put in the work--where you showed up early and stayed late to get it done.
🤔 How did you put in the extra work? Share with us in the comments.