Monday, April 15, 2013

How to Do Anything

Surely all sports fans remember Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles. While he played great baseball for 21 years, he is best known for breaking Lou Gehrig's long-standing record for consecutive games played. (That's a lot better than Lou Gehrig himself, who is best remembered for the horrifying disease he contracted and which was named for him.) Anyway, besides whatever else Ripken accomplished on the diamond over the years, the fact that he showed up for  2,632 consecutive games made him a superstar, with fans naming his record-breaking game the "Most Memorable Moment" in Major League Baseball history.

Explaining his own success in the movie industry, Woody Allen said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." Since I've written this blog every day for six years with few exceptions, even when I've apparently had absolutely nothing of merit to say, I guess I'm 80% successful--at least as a blogger, which is not saying much but is saying something. If I could just apply that same perseverance to dieting, I'd be a lot thinner by now.

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