Jim Foat was a batsman for Gloucestershire in the Seventies. You probably haven’t heard of him; he wasn’t a great batsman.
Jim Foat played 91 first-class matches and 129 one-day matches. First class average: 18.60. One-day average: 15.19. He didn’t take a wicket.
Over 251 innings in first-class matches and one-dayers, he went past 50 just 14 times. That is supremely shite. So supremely shite in fact that he has a following. He’s not entirely unlike this website in that regard, so we instantly warmed to him.
So what does the story of Jim Foat teach us?
- It’s important to have faith in your own abilities, even when others don’t.
- If you’ve lost faith in your abilities, it’s important to just carry on anyway.
- Having carried on for a period of time and had it proven beyond all doubt that you’re not up to the job, don’t give up. The important thing is that you’re probably getting on someone’s nerves and that’s what really matters.