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You Will if You Have the Will

What does it take to be successful?

It takes clarity of purpose, absolute focus, faith in yourself, a belief in your dream, heart felt determination, and unwavering will.

And what kind of will is unwavering, you ask?

I would say the kind of will that refuses to stop until the goal has been achieved.  The kind of will that won’t entertain the words of doubters or anyone else who seeks to knock you off your course.  The kind of will that sees obstacles as opportunities.

That’s the kind of will that allows you to achieve anything you want in this life.  Yes, I said anything.

I found a poem that describes that kind of will, and so I though I’d share it with you.  It was written by Berton Braley.  Check it out and feel free to leave your comments about will and accomplishment.

The Will To Win

If you want a thing bad enough

To go out and fight for it,

Work day and night for it,

Give up your time and your peace and

Your sleep for it;

If only desire of it

Makes you quite mad enough

Never to tire of it,

Makes you hold all other things tawdry

And cheap for it;

If life seems all empty and useless without it

And all that you scheme and you dream is about it,

If gladly you’ll sweat for it,

Fret for it, plan for it,

Lose all your terror of God or man for it;

If you’ll simply go after that thing that you want,

With all your capacity,

Strength and sagacity,

Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity;

If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,

Nor sickness, nor pain, of body or brain,

Can turn you away from that thing that you want;

If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,

You’ll get it!

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4 Responses to “You Will if You Have the Will”

  1. avatar Lisa says:

    Mike, this was such an inspirational post. It’s not always easy to have that unwavering belief in your dreams, especially after many “failures.” I truly believe that those who succeed have simply refused to give up, even after tons of so-called “failures.” It’s a worthy pursuit to keep on keeping on. This post is just what I needed to read this morning before the self-doubts crept in for me about writing my book proposal (finishing it). Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Thanks for your inspriation. Loved the poem!


  3. Very inspirational, love the poem. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Thanks for sharing!

  4. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Lisa – that is so awesome! I love to hear when the posts are timely. Keep moving forward! It’s true about those who succeed…they simply never give up!

    Cindy – YOU are welcome! And thanks for stopping by!
    Take care

    Michelle – I know…I love this poem! I appreciate your comments.

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