“It is difficult to persuade hotheaded young men that they are wrong in the methods they use to carry out their fanaticism,” wrote author Franklin W. Dixon (a pen name used by several different authors) in one of his many The Hardy Boys’ mysteries.
A great hitter is often a bit of a fanatic: he is obsessive about his swing and focuses his thoughts and his actions on it to the exclusion of many other trivialities. And, a great hitter is often stubborn and hotheaded: he has his way of swinging and drilling and playing.
The trick is discovering an optimal blend of this hardy, independent spirit with an open-minded, receptive attitude that accommodates adjustments and improvement. A great hitter holds true to his own beliefs, and is open to experimentation. He always seeks a new, better, and more efficient way while recognizing that many of the things he tries will prove worthless and without merit. He remains undaunted and continues to seek a better path, without abandoning the bedrock principles that make him, and his swing, unique.
In this sense, hardy means “capable of surviving adverse and unfavorable conditions; able to overcome adversity and to triumph in spite of difficulty.” The Hardy Boys lived up to their name – be a fanatic and be hardy about hitting!