The following story was submitted by Connor Starrs, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.
The Perfect Game Foundation was a wonderful outlet that exposed me to many opportunities within the sports industry, opportunities that I never thought I would be able to experience. For example, the foundation was instrumental in connecting me with the individuals at the Society for American Baseball Research, which then resulted in the opportunity to attend the 2012 Baseball Winter Meetings as an intern in Nashville. TPGF has allowed me to strengthen my resume and my network within the industry to such an extent that I never thought would be possible at this nascent stage in my professional career. I will be eternally grateful for the work that Del and everyone involved at TPGF has done for me as I continue further in the industry.
If you are truly passionate about obtaining a job in a specific field, then you must work at it. Dedication and perseverance are crucial elements in obtaining an opportunity that you desire. If you work hard and continue to pursue what you desire, things will turn out in your favor. Don’t underestimate the importance of networking and the small details involved in the business world. And most of all, be sure to enjoy the process…you’re pursuing an opportunity you have a passion for, and that’s awesome.
"There is no substitute for Excellence – not even success. Success is tricky, perishable and often outside our control; the pursuit of success makes a poor cornerstone, especially for a whole personality. Excellence is dependable, lasting and largely an issue within our own control; pursuit of excellence, in and for itself, is the best of foundations,” The Heart of the Order, by Thomas Boswell (Doubleday, 1989).