I've interviewed a lot of successful people over the decades. Accomplished people, in every field, are often said to be blessed with talent or a ton of luck. But the truth is, most high flyers worked harder than the average person can even imagine.

That's only part of the story of New Bedford's Jared Shuster, the baseball standout who was chosen the 25th pick of the 2020 MLB Draft, who will join me Wednesday, June 17 at 9:30 a.m.

From athletes like Michael Jordan to executives like Mark Cuban, these celebs are known for waking up early and working toward a goal while others are still in bed. Since Jared was a young boy, that ethic and discipline was joined with his talent and love for the sport, and he got paid for his sweat recently when, surrounded by his close family, the Atlanta Braves called him to join their organization.

I'm thinking about all the early mornings and late-day workouts, the obstacles he learned to overcome, and all the folks who helped mentor Jared along his incredibly promising journey.

Back to Jordan for a moment: I remember reading that Coach Phil Jackson thought Jordan's jump shot wasn't good enough. So Jordan spent his entire offseason taking hundreds of jumpers a day until it was perfect.

With some, their defining characteristic isn't only their amazing talent, but having the humility to know that they have to work constantly to be the best. I have a feeling Jared Shuster is like that. Tune in and find out.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at phil@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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