Success Poem

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
~Often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, it is an adaptation of a poem published in 1905 by Bessie Stanley.~
The poem above is a pretty solid foundation for building a legacy. No lasting success can ever be achieved in an unbalanced, unprincipled life dictated by blind greed and immediate gratification.


It Couldn’t Be Done



Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

~By Edgar A. Guest~

We All Have The Same 24 Hours

We are as big or as small as our most prevalent thoughts.

If we believe in the adage that “Only the strong survive” yet we sense in ourselves a gnawing weakness or flaw of character, then we become the deer in the headlights.  Under such dismal circumstances, when opportunity knocks, we triple-bolt lock the door to our heart for fear of failure.

If, on the other hand, we embrace life as a chance to solve problems and resolve conflicts, then the reservoir of life’s forces are close at hand with reasonable, practical  solutions to our challenges.  The victim mentality will rapidly recede, and in its stead will be honesty, passion and true north actions which are based on who we are rather than who others think we should be.

With only perhaps 16 to 18 hours of waking time each day, the philosophy of life we embrace is of the utmost importance.

Ignoring how you think and why you act as you do will surely lead (in the long run) to low self-esteem, bitterness, regret and a screaming sense of futility.

Many people who claim to be good at business will tell you that life is full of sharks and that to survive in these turbulent waters you must become predatory as well.  These same folks dismiss their deep feelings as being a handicap to selling or making the big deal.

My challenge to each of you this week is to slow down long enough take an honest look at yourself.  Are you being true to yourself, or are you in the business of trying to impress others with false bravado, slick slogans and designer merchandise?

As Mahatma Gandhi explained:  “My life is my message.”

What is your message to the world?  Discover it, and instantly all pretenses will become unnecessary baggage in your life.

They have left behind many clues which can guide us to becoming the best we can be.

Never again settle for second best.  Your next 24 hours can be as priceless as a Renaissance painting.