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 if
Makes you quite mad enough
Never tire if 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,
Not sickness nor pain
Of body and brain
Can turn you away from the things that you want,
If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You’ll get it.
— Berton Braley

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