Joe Posnanski is running this great series of the top 100 baseball players over at his blog. #50 was Al Kaline. I love the way he sets this up:
When I was young, the thing that I admired most in the world was talent.
When I grew a little bit older, I changed, and the thing I admired most in the world was skill.
And now? Now, as I close in on 50, I think something else still.
Persistence. I think it comes down to persistence.
And persistence, more than his youthful talent, more than his developed skill, is why Al Kaline matters.
We quit too easily. We don’t have the guts to stick it out, to work a little harder, to look for a new angle or develop a new skill.
I’ve been listening to this podcast called CMD+SPACE lately. It’s an interview show with various developers, designers and other technical people. At the start of every show the host asks what do you want to be remembered for? Because of this, I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately.
Personally, I want to be remembered as a good father and husband and friend, someone who could always be counted on. Professionally, I hope I’m remembered for my persistence, for my unwillingness to give in when I knew I was right, for my strength in constantly moving forward, and my willingness to learn what I needed to and do what I needed to (within a strong ethical boundary) to get the job done.