Speaking of going for it, you’re on the go all the time. What piece of wisdom picked up on the road over the years has stuck with you?
Well, there’s a lot I’ve learned on the road. Number one is to get your rest so you don’t mess up your performance. Be wise about doing everything in moderation. I’ve seen a lot of guys blow it with the way they behaved off-field. So stay dedicated to what you want to be. Whether you want to be the best plumber, the best architect, the best baseball player, the best writer or the best broadcaster — have a dedication to hard work and know your limitations to keep yourself in the position to do the best job that you can do.
How do you define success? Is it an achievement you’re reaching for, or something else?
Oh, I think everybody should have something that they strive for. What else is there? What’s the reason to be alive if you don’t set a goal? And if you obtain that goal, obviously you’re successful and it feels great. But it doesn’t mean you have to stop there.
You can always get better. And when I look back on my career, I could have been a better player. There were things I did that weren’t beneficial to my career, and that probably held back my career. But you can’t beat yourself up, you know? You have your moment and you have your opportunity. When that door opens, you stick your foot in that door and you don’t let them shut it on you — you get your whole body in there and you go for it.