The Hard Is What Makes It Great

Tom Hanks, playing team manager Jimmy Dugan, said this famous line:

“ It’s supposed to be hard.”

“If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”

The Hard

He was referring to professional baseball. Of how difficult it was, of its sacrifices and demands. As if baseball was tougher than what most athletes could handle.

He said it to his catcher, the best player in the league, who was quitting and going home because it got too hard, and did so just hours before game 1 of the World Series.

Did It Work?

His speech only deepened the catcher’s resolve. He lost his best player.

They lost the first couple of games, then found their stride, and battled back to tie it up with the deciding game to be played.

While warming up for the final game, the catcher finally had a change of mind  and showed up to play. Spirits soared, enthusiasm was high, and they had the lead through 8.5 innings. It came down to the last pitch and the last out. They lost.

The movie was, “A League of Their Own” a fictitious story about the “All-American Girls Professional Baseball League,” which was founded by Philip K. Wrigley and existed from 1943 to 1954. Over 600 women played, and they were popular. In 1948, league attendance peaked over 900,000.  


The catcher was Dottie Hinson, played by actress Geena Davis. It’s a good movie, but the kind of story only found in Hollywood.

Life Lessons

We face tough choices and make hard decisions that we have to live with. Rarely can we un-ring the bell and play in the final game. It makes for a fun movie, but has little resemblance to real life.

Except for this. Life is often hard. Life takes courage, fortitude, and strength. True success isn’t easily gained, if it were, everyone would have it. The hard is what makes it gratifying, and beneficial.

To Close

I’ll leave you with this:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9                                                                                                                               

“It’s supposed to be hard. The hard is what makes it great.”


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