Winning In Life


You say you want to win in life

Accomplish all of which you're capable

Then get up off your procrastinating duff

Take action, be responsible.


Decide clearly and precisely

Exactly what you want to do

Then with persistent perseverance

Work hard to see it through.


Don't be distracted by urgent stuff

Focus on what's important

Make plans progress toward your goal

Then to creativity's voice you shall harken.


Next, build a team of kindred souls

Who share your heart's desire

Working together, all with a stake

Fans the passion for your fire.


Look to serve before you're served

Make everyone a winner

The whole is greater than its parts

The pie gets bigger, not thinner.


Listen closely to what others say

Be humble and empathetic

Holding your tongue while others talk

Reaps dividends that are more than cosmetic.


Last, neglect not care of yourself

If you do, others also will

Growth, love, diet, exercise and rest

Such sharpens all your skills.

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©R.E. McMaster, Jr.

August 1, 1997

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