Years ago, listening to a motivational audio program by a fellow who’s name I cannot recall now, I remember that he finished his session in quite an unusual way by reading a poem. That poem has stayed with me and I think it is certainly one of the most inspirational I have ever heard.
It is not the finest piece of poetry by a long chalk, but I think it says a lot about what it takes to succeed. The Poem is called, “It Couldn’t be Done” and you can read the full poem here (3rd one) … Inspiring Poems
The end of the poem is particularly strong:
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
Ah yes, there are many people who will tell you that you will never achieve your dreams. In fact, just the other day, I noticed someone with a screensaver that had a picture of a rainbow and underneath was the following message:
“Dreams are like rainbows. Only idiots chase them.” (see here)
Now, I know that poster is only meant to be a bit of fun really, but there are indeed many people who will never even begin to dream, let alone start the more serious business of going for it.
Someone once said to me that you can have what you want so why not dream big dreams? It’s a bit scary at first, but you needn’t tell anyone your dreams if you don’t want to. Keep them to yourself if you must, but don’t be too frightened to dream.
The poems ends like this:
But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That cannot be done, and you’ll do it.
As I said, not the greatest work of literature, but nevertheless, a poem that has meant a lot to me over the years. As my site has gradually become more and more successful, I can see my dreams becoming reality. The things that apparently cannot be done, I have discovered, are often just a matter of continuous focus on what you have defined as important, and the persistent application of time an effort.