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Growing Ideas
By Michael Sage

Your mind at peace - lazing around a crackling campfire,
Deep within - a thought of something to which you aspire.
The dawning of a new idea - you feel the spark of a little fire,
Growing bigger day by day - until it’s a fully-fledged desire.

Stoke the coals within - let the flames engulf you like wildfire,
Keep on stoking - never allow the flames of desire to expire.
Seek what you need - don’t be shy to ask for help or to enquire,
For lack of information - can force your pursuit to misfire.

Sink your teeth into your desire - like a unforgiving bloodthirsty vampire,
Exercise your brains - allow your dendrons to rewire.
Mull your mind - work it hard - allow it to perspire,
While gathering information - which you need and must acquire.

Times will come that will be tough – like treading through a soggy quagmire,
Persistence is the thing - which you will then most require.
Dream stealers will attempt to hold you back - hoping your ideas will backfire,
Believe in yourself - unwaveringly - and stick with people that inspire.

You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve - and what will transpire,
The end result  - your pride and joy - for all and sundry to admire.
The castles you’ve built  - the dynasty you’ve created - what an empire,
The completion of your task - before you lay down and retire.

~ Success Poems ~

by Rupert Chawner Brooke

I think if you had loved me when I wanted;
If I'd looked up one day, and seen your eyes,
And found my wild sick blasphemous prayer granted,
And your brown face, that's full of pity and wise,
Flushed suddenly; the white godhead in new fear
Intolerably so struggling, and so shamed;
Most holy and far, if you'd come all too near,
If earth had seen Earth's lordliest wild limbs tamed,
Shaken, and trapped, and shivering, for MY touch --
Myself should I have slain? or that foul you?
But this the strange gods, who had given so much,
To have seen and known you, this they might not do.
One last shame's spared me, one black word's unspoken;
And I'm alone; and you have not awoken.

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by Emma Lazarus

Oft have I brooded on defeat and pain,
The pathos of the stupid, stumbling throng.
These I ignore to-day and only long
To pour my soul forth in one trumpet strain,
One clear, grief-shattering, triumphant song,
For all the victories of man's high endeavor,
Palm-bearing, laurel deeds that live forever,
The splendor clothing him whose will is strong.
Hast thou beheld the deep, glad eyes of one
Who has persisted and achieved? Rejoice!
On naught diviner shines the all-seeing sun.
Salute him with free heart and choral voice,
'Midst flippant, feeble crowds of spectres wan,
The bold, significant, successful man.

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The successful man has thrust himself
by Stephen Crane

The successful man has thrust himself
Through the water of the years,
Reeking wet with mistakes --
Bloody mistakes;
Slimed with victories over the lesser,
A figure thankful on the shore of money.
Then, with the bones of fools
He buys silken banners
Limned with his triumphant face;
With the skins of wise men
He buys the trivial bows of all.
Flesh painted with marrow
Contributes a coverlet,
A coverlet for his contented slumber.
In guiltless ignorance, in ignorant guilt,
He delivered his secrets to the riven multitude.
"Thus I defended: Thus I wrought."
Complacent, smiling,
He stands heavily on the dead.
Erect on a pillar of skulls
He declaims his trampling of babes;
Smirking, fat, dripping,
He makes speech in guiltless ignorance,

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Who Dares - Wins
by Michael Sage

There are those who always seem to win, some call it luck
Problems seem to fall off them, like water off the back of a duck
No matter what problems they have or how deep they are in the muck
They’re always seem to surge ahead, never remaining awe-struck

Others never get going, stuck in one place and totally dumbstruck
Frozen in the oncoming headlights, like a deer or buck
Every race they enter they always seem to come unstuck
Instead of a race car they seem to be driving a truck

Plan your race surely and carefully but don’t be a schmuck
Go relentlessly forward but ensure that you don’t run amuck
The race can be won, so take a chance, but it’s not about potluck
It’s ‘who dares wins’ because in life you make your own luck

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An Inch is Equal to a Mile
by Michael Sage

Would you believe it if I said an inch is equal to a mile !,
You must be crazy, I hear you say with a smile!,
Well, let me explain, it will take just a very short while,
You snigger and say, o.k., with a smurky little grin on your dial.

I had a horse, which I entered into a big, big race,
The competition was strong, but we all started from an equal base,
It was over a mile, and was run at a very fast pace,
Mine won by an inch, and everybody said, your horse is an ace!

For the winner, it was a very profitable pay day,
But 2nd place only got half the amount, you say with dismay!,
Your horse didn’t go double the distance or win by such a long way,
How come then, were you given double the pay?

You see, although my horse won by only a very short head,
It was just that extra little effort, that put my horse in very good stead,
You know what you have to do, if you want to leave the opposition for dead,
Just do that little bit extra, and this will ensure that you’re a winner instead.

It does not matter if you win by an inch, or you win by a mile,
A winners rewards are always greater, and a winner will live in style,
So if you go the extra mile and win by an inch, or give an extra inch and win by a mile,
You’ll still be a winner, which proves that an inch is equal to a mile!!

~ Success Poems ~

Dare Greatly
by Theodore Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts;
nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled,
or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena;
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again
and again because there is no effort
without error and shortcomings;
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at best knows in the end,
the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst,
if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly;
so that his place shall never be with
those cold and timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat.

~ Success Poems ~

Comfort Zone
by Anonymous

I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn't fail.
The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
I said I didn't care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you're in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!

~ Success Poems ~

By Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~ Success Poems - Putting Experience into Action ~

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