Martin Brodeur, Mariano Rivera, greatness and midlife
Joyce Park stashed this in The Sporting Life
"Genius that repeats and repeats and repeats over the long haul is the rarest gift in the world."
To be that great over that period of time requires bucketloads of luck as well as character.
In his autobiography, Steve Martin gave the secret to his success: "Be so good that they can't ignore you."
I love that.
"Be so good that they can't ignore you."
Makes perfect sense, but only if you are starting in a position from which you can be ignored in the first place: getting to that position is often the most tricky (or most risky and certainly most expensive part of the deal!)
Those who can take the risk can often exploit the opportunity (but as always the definition of risk is very different to he with a safety net than it is to he without!)
People with nothing to lose can also afford to take such risk.