Cobb's Kicks

by Norman Vincent Peale

When Ty Cobb got on first base he had an apparently nervous habit of kicking the bag. It wasn’t until he retired from the game that the secret came out. By kicking the bag hard enough Cobb could move it a full two inches closer to second base. He figured that this improved his chances for a steal or for reaching second base safely on a hit. Compete, compete, compete! This is the keep-it-going spirit by which the person who tries will ultimately make records.


Norman Vincent Peale is most famous for authoring The Power of Positive Thinking. His six sentences are taken from the “Competition” section of William Safire & Leonard Safir’s 1993 book Good Advice.