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Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference Hardcover – April 10, 2007

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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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240264X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592402649
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Jerry
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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
Preparation
Anticipation
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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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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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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By JD on February 13, 2012
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Awesome book! I always knew Cal Ripken Jr. to be an incredible ball player. He truly helps athletes like myself, identify the "8 Elements of Preserverance That Make the Difference"...Just as the title says. No matter what level of leadership values you might be looking to obtain --- they're in this book. If you're an baseball player needing help to compare the two business/baseball together -- it ties it all together --helping someone like myself make the connections! Thank you!
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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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At the time of writing this Cal has been out of the game of baseball for nearly 20 years--the catch though is that his thoughts then, can and do resonate today in the game of life. Records always will be broken, people will come and go--but what remained solid in Cal's career was values and consistent work ethic. Cal share with us the reader his 8 keys to the game and how to stay in the game--but what I cherish most about him is the key to feel zest and a passion for helping others long after his baseball on the filed was over--helping kids, writing books for young children---Cal keeps going and going ---others first, him second type attitude. I did the audio book and his voice was clear, understandable and the cd's were of excellent quality.
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