Cal Ripken, Jr., known as â€œThe Iron Manâ€ who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles from 1981 to 2001, told FOX Business the key to performing at a high level is consistency.
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â€œYou canâ€™t really accomplish anything unless youâ€™re willing to come in, roll your sleeves up and get to work,â€ Ripken told Maria Bartiromo on â€œMornings with Maria.â€
The Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, who shattered multiple MLB records including most consecutive games played at 2,632, gave advice to the younger generation of players.
â€œYouâ€™ve got to find a way to play hurt. And hurt meaning something less than 100%,â€ he said. â€œIf you can get the confidence to figure out how you can make contributions at less than your best then youâ€™re a more valuable employee.â€
At a time when most professional baseball players are bigger, stronger, faster and more injury stricken, Ripken tiptoed around whether the current generation requires a higher degree of mental toughness, but recalled playing through a painful herniated disk in 1997.
â€œThat was after the record was broken, so it wasnâ€™t about that. We were good. We were beating the Yankees from the first day of the season to the last and they were pushing us a little bitâ€¦ I was faced with a decision. Iâ€™ve been through these rebuilding processes, I want to play now. So I asked the doctor whether I could play through that [and I asked] if I can do any damage. He said â€˜noâ€™ and I said well â€˜Iâ€™ll try,â€™â€ he said.