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Leadership from a different perspective – Edgar A Guest

Naked Leader Week – 189 (w/c Monday 15 January 2007)

Leadership from a different perspective – Edgar A Guest

At the time when you may be thinking of giving up on that New Year resolution, that dream you have started,

or someone you know is talking about giving up…


by Edgar A. Guest

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit – rest if you must,
but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about when he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow – you may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man;
often the struggler has given up when he might have captured the victor’s cup;
and he learned too late when the night came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out – the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and when you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar;
so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit – it’s when things seem worst,
you must not quit.

Remember, if you believe in yourself, or in someone else, or in anything enough, keep going – do something, and if that doesn’t work, then do something else, and if that doesn’t work, do something else…and it will be when you are at your lowest ebb, when you feel ready to give up, that you are about to achieve your biggest leap forward.

Please send this to someone whose life you touch, and ask them to do the same

With love




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