An Example of Perseverance Paying Off

 Mike Hessman - October 3, 2010 By slgckgc on Flickr (Original version)UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Mike Hessman – October 3, 2010

By slgckgc on Flickr (Original version)UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A few nights ago, Toledo Mud Hen’s player Mike Hessman set a minor league baseball record by hitting his 434th minor league homerun—a grand slam. The record had stood for 80 years! This is his 20th year of professional baseball and nearly all of it has been spent in the minor leagues. So what did Mr. Hessman get for persevering so long at the minor league level? In addition to the homerun record, he attracted the attention of his managers and coaches and is expected to be a coach and possibly a manager at the major league level some day. As his current manager Larry Parish put it when referring to his promise as a major league coach/manager: “I think he’s gonna be good at it. He gets along with all different kinds of players. And he understands the game.” The lesson here is that no matter what you are doing, do it well and hang in there and eventually good things will happen.

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