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

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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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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! -- former Senator Bill Bradley

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

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. -- Frank Deford

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. -- President William Jefferson Clinton

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. -- former President George H. W. Bush

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. -- Warren E. Buffet, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 330 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1592402801
  • Publisher: Gotham; Reprint edition (April 10, 2008)
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017QNL5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am not now nor have I ever been a baseball fan. It just never appealed to me. But Cal Ripken has been heralded as the nicest guy in baseball and the sub-title ("8 elements of perseverance that make a difference" was definitely attractive, so I read the book.

I'm glad I did.

Ripken interweaves a literal history of baseball into his core message of how persevverance plays out in a ball game and life. It's an interesting, informative approach. I can see why Ripken has succeeded in his motivational speaking career as he did is his baseball career: life literally starts anew each day for this guy. Yesterday's msitakes and regrets are left behind. One of the most fascinating parts of the book for me are Ripken's descriptions of team work in baseball and how it works. Frankly, because I've never been a fan, I didn't realize just how much cooperation and coordination is required on the field.

Overall, a very worthwhile read and uplifting.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Amoia on July 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book by one of our modern-day greats: Cal Ripken, Jr. A native of Aberdeen, Maryland, he spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles. He broke a record that many said would stand forever, and this book parallels the former holder of that feat, Lou Gehrig, with a treasure trove of quotes about the latter's life. In a sense, we learn as much about the character and perseverance of Mr. Gehrig as we do about Mr. Ripken.

One early quote set the tone for the entire book:

"I just played because I loved the game, and because I had been taught certain principles that prevented me from backing away from anything."

Mr. Ripken chronicled his youth, the special relationship with his father, Cal, Sr., and then explained in concise fashion his eight principles for perseverance. Some themes related directly to baseball, while others are about life itself.

Here are the eight elements:

Right Values
Strong Will to Succeed
Love What You Do
Trusting Relationships
Life Management
The Courage of Your Convictions

This is a very entertaining and informative book. Thank you for the opportunity to review it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric F. Wickham on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a Book!! One those great books you have to read over & over again.

Not just a book for sports people, a book for every one who wants to get somewhere in their life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Burns on May 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Cal Ripken (who is one of the greatest baseball players to every play the game)is someone who has become a successful business entrepenuer and someone who is in high demand on the speaking circuit. In this book, Cal does a great job of sharing his insight and approach to not only baseball but how he lives his life and conducts his business. Whether your a baseball fan or not, you will find this book to be entertaining and full of valuable information that will help you become better at being a baseball player, teammate, co-worker, parent, or spouse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on July 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Quick question: Is the name Cap Ripken, Jr. familiar to you?

If so, you'll definitely want to read his latest, GET IN THE GAME:
DIFFERENCE . . . and even if the name is not familiar with
you, this is a book that you'll want to read and share
with youngsters.

Ripken is the Hall of Fame baseball player who broke Lou
Gehrig's record for most consecutive games played . . . throughout
the book, Ripken gives credit to Gehrig for inspiring him:

* Lou Gehrig and I are tied together with a consecutive-games
streak. The most important trait I have in common, I believe, was a
hard-work ethic. Lou once copied down three maxims that had
to do with hard work. He tried to live by them:

1. Strive and succeed.
2. Early to bed, early to rise.
3. Labor conquers everything.

Ripken also seemed to live by these, along with the following belief:

* In order to be successful and persevere in anything, it all starts with
the right values. You do the hard work. You do it with excellence.
You are honest, sincere, and you give it your all.

For instance, Ripken did that every day in practice. He always
fielded ground balls longer than anybody else, even after he
had many years of success in the major leagues.

I was touched by the fact that Ripken also gave much credit
for his success to his father: Carl Ripken, Sr. . . . even when
it came to shoveling snow, as a child, he was never allowed
to just get by . . . the snow had to be shoveled in just
the right way; i.e., so the entire sidewalk was done (and
not just a narrow path for walking).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chad Oberholtzer on July 23, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Cal Ripken, Jr. I was at Camden Yards on the night that he broke Gehrig's streak, and that's a lifetime highlight for me. And as impressive as his streak and other baseball credentials are, I'm even more impressed with the character of the man. Ripken exemplifies just about everything that is right about sports. I've got nothing but respect for him.

Having acknowledged my admiration for Ripken, "Get in the Game" was a rather unremarkable book for me. Essentially, it was filled with a collection of overused sports cliches and generic platitudes. Some of Ripken's baseball stories were moderately interesting, and he certainly took the high road in trying to portray every named individual as positively as possible. But even the stories were just a little bland and lacked punch. It just never grabbed me in any memorable way and seemed like rather lifeless principles that I've heard a million times before, communicated in more engaging ways.

I know that other reviewers loved the book, and I suppose it might be decent if you've never considered that values are important or that excellence depends on a strong will to succeed. But I don't think I finished this book with any new thoughts or fresh inspiration. I still think the world of Ripken and didn't encounter anything objectionable in the book, but I'd steer folks towards dozens of other books that were more helpful, meaningful, and compelling to me than this one.
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