Today author Ben Bradlee Jr. wrote a book about baseball player Ted Williams, one of the greatest hitters of all time. Williams was a tortured soul with many “festering” resentments from his childhood. Bradlee explains how Williams was able to succeed professionally, though it came it a price:
I think sometimes to excel you have to be single-minded in your determination to succeed, and other things suffer along the way. He was that. He put family life aside and he was absolutely determined to become the greatest hitter that ever lived. He was driven to excel, not just in baseball: It turned out he was a world-class fisherman as well; he learned photography; he became a top gun marine fighter pilot.
… Anything he undertook he wanted to do right. He was a perfectionist and he had no tolerance for those who did things in what he felt like [was] a shoddy manner. He was in a zone, really, his entire life. When you’re in a zone like that you can break a lot of china along the way.
Ben Bradlee Jr.’s book is called The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams
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