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Poet: William Arthur Ward
Happiness comes not from having much to live on
but having much to live for.
Success never resides in the world of weak wishes,
but in the palace of purposeful plans and prayerful persistence.
Pessimism achieves no success over persistence.
Temporary defeat never spells total failure;
one victory never assures permanent success.
A real success is one who makes
his mark in life without smearing others.
Excellence without effort is as futile as progress without preparation
Work can be our friend or foe, or joy or our woe.
Success, like happiness, is more than a destination –
it is a venture; more than an achievement – it is an attitude.
The greatest failure is the failure to try.
Alter your attitude and you will change your life.
Who seeks success, let him prepare.
Improvement is the son of discontent;
success is the offspring of preparation.
To emphasize the positive – the affirmative –
is to travel the high road of joy.
Success never resides in the world of weak wishes.
William Arthur Ward
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway!
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway!
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today, will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway!
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway!
The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people with the smallest minds;
Think big anyway!
People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs.
Fight for underdogs anyway!
What you spend years building up may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help, but will attack you if you help them.
Help them anyway!
Give the world the best you have and it may kick you in the teeth.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway!
Give the world the best you’ve got.
Author: Byron Pulsifer, © 2012
To each morning the sun does shine
When all seems like a newborn time
To dwell in laughter so much
Is only the beginning for me to clutch.
I will go out to find
Intelligent people of like mind.
To suffer or endure
Of friends who but will not do.
To look upon the earth with glee
For all beauty is in me
To grasp the clouds way up high
There is more before I die.
May I go upon the street
Never ending on my feet
Seeking out the best in others
Always to find I have more brothers.
To make a part of the world
A better place you see.
For every one I must explore
To look upon them as no one before.
To seek out and help
Others is more than joy
To be valued and respected
In all my life reflected.
All of this as said before
Makes me want to reach out more
For it is a challenge for me to reach
This is success for all to preach.
To seek out and help others is more than joy”
Author: Edgar A. Guest
The job will not make you, my boy;
The job will not bring you to fame
Or riches or honor or joy
Or add any weight to your name.
You may fail or succeed where you are,
May honestly serve or may rob;
From the start to the end
Your success will depend
On just what you make of your job.
Don’t look on the job as the thing
That shall prove what you’re able to do;
The job does no more than to bring
A chance for promotion to you.
Men have shirked in high places and won
Very justly the jeers of the mob;
And you’ll find it is true
That it’s all up to you
To say what shall come from the job.
The job is an incident small;
The thing that’s important is man.
The job will not help you at all
If you won’t do the best that you can.
It is you that determines your fate,
You stand with your hand on the knob
Of fame’s doorway to-day,
And life asks you to say
Just what you will make of your job.
The Real Successes
Poet: Julie Hebert, © 2012
Real successes are made,
Not dropped aside your door.
They aren’t a thought you made one night,
While wishing upon a star.
Real successes are thought,
To be given to only the great.
They think that they work just as hard,
And they should have that fate.
Real successes are because,
Of someone making it so.
They fight for it and work real hard,
To make their successes grow.
Real successes are envied,
And rumored on how they were made.
People can be so jealous,
And even want to betray.
But you know how real successes,
Are built with hard work and care.
You’ve made your way to the top,
I’m so proud to see you are there.
“One life has breathed easier because you have lived”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Famous Poem About Success
What is Success?
Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent peopleand the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest criticsand endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether bya healthy child, a garden patchor a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathedeasier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
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