Get In the Game – by Cal Ripken, Jr.

Cal Ripken, Jr. - Get In the Game

Imagine if so many people asked you the same question that it compelled you to write a book about it?

Welcome to the world of Cal Ripken, Jr.

The question – as you may have guessed – is “how did you do it?” in reference to his streak of playing in 2,632 consecutive Major League ballgames. And it’s an obvious question to ask.

Ripken answers the question in eight chapters (a convenient tie-in to the number he wore) which make up his eight principles for success. They’re your fairly standard motivational topics — love what you do, trust those around you, and so on. If you’ve read any best-selling business or self-improvement book that’s come out in the past ten years or so, you should be fairly familiar with the topic.

Ripken incorporates a lot of his baseball experience into his writing – which makes this book a bit unique. I wouldn’t call it rich with baseball history, but there are some funny stories and anecdotes that someone researching Ripken’s career would find pretty interesting.

If you find inspiration in Cal Ripken, Jr. and what he accomplished by setting the consecutive games played streak – I think this could be a fairly enjoyable read for you. If Ripken isn’t your thing, I wouldn’t give this an outright recommendation for you — borrow it from a friend or the library – and only if you have some extra time.

As with any motivational book – the question that ultimately decides its quality is how you use it to change your life. I could very easily see this book lighting a fire under somebody – especially a few decades from now when Ripken’s legend will have grown and people will be seeking insight into his life and career.

However, I have to wonder how squeezed out the motivational book category has become…and what people will make of Ripken’s achievement based on his writings.

What do you think about Cal Ripken, Jr.’s Get In the Game? Join the discussion and post your thoughts!

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