Cal Ripken Jr. is regarded as one of the best baseball players of all time. He did not get there overnight. What he did was show up to the ballpark every single day ready to play. Whether he had a good game or a bad game he still gave it his all. This consistency helped him earn over 3100 hits, the most consecutive games played, and the most consecutive games without an error.
What makes Cal Ripken’s story excellent is that he did everything necessary to avoid losing a day. He didn’t get injured, and he showed up every day for his team. Ripken also had to prove that he was good enough to be a regular position player. In his early days, he was benched and the reserve shortstop. But in his sophomore year, he began to turn things around. The first thing he did was go and practice more than he needed to. This led him to be in the lineup more regularly. In 1983, he made the final out against the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series.
To be successful in business in life, you have to be consistent. You have to go to work every day. Whether it’s writing that book, playing baseball, or doing your day job, the only way you can be successful is to practice every day so that you can improve and move on to a successful life.
It’s incredibly hard to go to work every day for 2000 workdays straight. Now there’s nothing wrong with taking a vacation or a day off, but to move toward your goal you have to plan out and execute on it. If you work like a dog toward your goal, you’re going to get somewhere. You may not get the amount of success you want, but you will at least be in a better position from where you started.