Love this quote... mostly because I need it, but I also heard something like this over the weekend from one of the many basketball games I watched from March Madness. This is totally true... the Babe was right on with this statement. From a team standpoint and an individual one too - it is so disheartening, so difficult to go up against someone who just flat out refuses to quit. On the basketball court everyone can see this clearly. I pride myself that in all my years of coaching, my teams really never quit - they really never gave up. Even in huge losses - we never stopped. Opposing fans, coaches and players.. heck.. even officials often told me that it was great to see my girls never give up in our games.
I, on the other hand, gave up way to much on things growing up. I know now what a mistake that was and I'm still learning from it, even at age 48. You see, quitting becomes a habit. The longer it goes on, the more difficult it is to break. Most people find it hard to keep going, especially in times of things getting difficult. That's the time persistence is needed even more. It's really difficult when people go up against someone who won't quit. It helps to remind them that they can do the same thing, but they choose not to.
After thinking on this quote a few more times, it really is apparent to me that I need to become that person that the Babe was talking about. In many respects there are areas that I have not quit. There are many that I have. So with the help of Babe Ruth and a few of my students leaving comments on my class site about this quote - this week has started off well. How's it going for you? Are you one of the people that Babe Ruth was talking about?? At least ask yourself that question.