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Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference Hardcover – April 10, 2007
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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:
Strong Will to Succeed
Love What You Do
The Courage of Your Convictions
This is a very entertaining and informative book. Thank you for the opportunity to review it.
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.
Not just a book for sports people, a book for every one who wants to get somewhere in their life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. Was amazed with leadership tracking thru baseball. A tool to use with anyone wanting to climb the corporate ladder or even make the best team memberPublished on July 18, 2014 by kathy willingham
While "Get in the Game" is listed as a self-help/business on the cover, it reads like a mini-autobiography of Cal Ripken, Jr. Ripken, with the assistance of Donald T. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Matthew Ries
Great book, that will make you want to conquer the world!! Or at least work harder than you ever have and be completely dedicated to it success!!
God Bless you Cal!!
its a Christmas gift thank you very much she loves it its perfect rated it 5 stars thank you alotPublished on January 4, 2014 by flyerfan96
A great book that applies to all aspects of life. If you love baseball, you'll love this book. If you want to succeed in any endeavor, you'll love this book. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by stephanie
Really enjoyed the book. Great stories, excellent points on persevering. Cal Ripkin is a real hero and family man. There are not too many like him in the sports arena. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by Mary
Ripkin's book opened the door to me not only for baseball but for ways to deal with work. What he has to say throughout this book (I got the audiobook and he was the reader) is... Read morePublished on February 16, 2010 by Afia
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:
8 ELEMENTS OF PERSEVERANCE THAT MAKE... Read more
I am not a sports fan but I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed the memoir-like stories woven in to illustrate the "elements of perseverance" by Ripken. Read morePublished on May 16, 2009 by R. Scott Wiley