As he gets ready to turn 52, baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is very active in the business side of his sport. In addition to writing books on baseball, he runs three minor league teams, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the Ripken Stadium and the Ripken Youth Baseball Academy in Aberdeen, Maryland.
In an August 13 interview with The Washington Post, Ripken spoke about a number of subjects, including how he measures success these days. As he’s transitioned to the business world, Ripken hasn’t been deterred by his learning curve. “Baseball has taught me you move the ball forward, continue to work and continue to have successes,” he said. “It’s the accumulation of those successes that make it all worthwhile.”
Ripken compares each day to a game where adjustments may be needed, depending upon what happens. “Success is in the process. It is in the execution. It is in the operation. It is in the day-to-day,” he told the Post. “You can have a plan…but plans evolve and change ever so slightly through the game action.”
You can read The Washington Post’s full interview with Cal Ripken Jr. here.