There are some great flash moments in business, sports and many endeavors of life. Taking a company public or winning the Super Bowl are some incredible moments to celebrate and share. We love those singular events that are easily identifiable - you can take a photo and put it on the wall and remember the exact moment.
But what about the days and years in between those celebrations? Are those days, when nobody is taking photos, equally important? During an interview on ESPN, recent Hall of Fame inductee, Tim Brown, was asked what he was most proud of in his 17-year career. He took a long pause and answered: Consistency.
Brown explained how he had been injured in his second year; however, in the 15 years following he never missed a practice. He shifted the conversation immediately to his children. He said he is most proud to be able to use his career to teach his kids the honor and value of being consistent.
Watching the Tim Brown interview, I immediately thought of Cal Ripken Jr., baseball’s “Iron Man.” Ripken played 2,632 consecutive games for the Baltimore Orioles. That is the most of any player in the history of the game. He played 21 seasons for the same team.
As you build your career, your products, your teams or your company, be encouraged in those seemingly slow days in between the celebrations. Those early mornings or late nights when nobody is looking, are the bricks you are using to build a big and proud career. Only after many years will others come to recognize your consistency and commitment. Keep after it.
Extra: Derek Jeter played 20 seasons for the same team, the New York Yankees. Nike and its Air Jordan line made a tribute video to Jeter for his consistency. Check it out here: