The Man Who Thinks He Can

By Jill E. Wolforth-


I was very fortunate growing up that my parents demonstrated and constantly reminded my two sisters and me that if we were willing to work hard and work smart, we could succeed at anything we set our minds to.

They never said it would be easy, as our life raising cattle on a ranch in Nebraska frequently demonstrated.  As I often tell my athletes, if it were easy, everyone would be able to do it and then the rewards would not be as great.


In the wake of COVID-19, many people are dealing with some extremely difficult situations and much uncertainty still lies ahead.  


This week, I’d like to share with you a poem that my parents had me memorize at a young age.  It hung in the house we grew up in and today you can still see it, framed and hanging in my parent’s home office.  I have referred back to its message on many occasions and I think it is timely now, as well.


The Man Who Thinks He Can

If you think you are beaten, you are,

If you think you dare not, you don’t,

If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,

It’s almost a “cinch” you won’t.


If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,

For out in the world you’ll find,

Success begins with a fellow’s will;

It’s all in the state of mind.


For many a race is lost

Before ever a step is run;

And many a coward fails

Before his work’s begun.


Think big and your deeds will grow,

Think small and you’ll fall behind,

Think that you can and you will;

It’s all in the state of mind.


If you think you’re outclassed, you are,

You’ve got to think high to rise,

You’ve got to be sure of yourself

Before you’ll ever win a prize.


Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man,

But sooner or later, the man who wins,

Is the fellow who thinks he can.


On our copy the author was listed as unknown but I’ve since seen credit given to Walter D. Wintle.


Remember, I said my parents taught me if I worked hard and worked smart I could do anything I SET MY MIND TO.


I believe our mindset is going to be extremely important to each of us as we work our way back from this pandemic.  It will indeed require both hard and smart work. I hope this message serves as just a little spark in helping you do that.


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We hope you’ll make plans to come work hard AND smart with us at The Texas Baseball Ranch this summer.  Hear are some scheduling announcements and update for you:


  • With the cancellation of the college baseball season and most high school seasons, and with summer playing schedules still in limbo, we have added a couple additional events to our calendar to assist athletes with skill improvement.  First, we have an Advanced College Training Session scheduled for May 15-17.  Only 5 spots remain.  Second, we have added an Elite Pitchers Boot Camp over the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. For more information, please visit 


  • The COVID-19 virus has impacted nearly every facet of our society. In short, the world is a very different place than it was on January 1st, 2020 and that includes the Texas Baseball Ranch®. In order to limit the number of parents and athletes attending our Elite Pitchers Boot Camps, we are currently reducing the camp enrollment from 45 athletes to 24 athletes. This change will stay in effect until the national requirements/guidelines have been updated. We are also loosening up our cancellation/change policy so that people can be comfortable in making plans now in the face of current & future uncertainty.


  • In addition, we have added a “Ranch Remote” training option for people that would still like to get access to, and ongoing instruction from, the TBR staff but prefer to avoid travel due to the virus. Click here to get more information on this NEW, hyper-personalized training option.  The number of participants in this program is limited to 36 so if you’re interested, don’t delay.


  • As we prepare to get back to baseball, Coach Wolforth has put together a special email series “The 4 Most Critical Mistakes Made by Parents and Athletes Which Derail and, in fact, Often Destroy a Young Pitchers Career.”  To request this email, CLICK HERE.

Please call (936)588-6762 or email us:
for more details or to sign up for any of these options.


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