fredag 21 januari 2011

Framgång

Under mina luncher på kontoret brukar jag fylla på min sinne med pepp och inspiration från Ted.com. Idag kollade jag in UCLA-tränaren John Wooden samtal om framgång. Kortfattat kokade det ner till: Sinnesfrid genom att göra det bästa inom din förmåga. Men nöj dig inte med nerkoket‚ utan kolla in hela samtalet som innehåller både ett och annat vackert visdomsord på vers.

I kommentarerna hittade jag ett tips om en dikt av Joaquin Miller och den fick mig att tänka till. Om så bara för ett tag. Kanske dags att börja gräva där jag står.

TO THOSE WHO FAIL

We too often praise the man who wins just because he wins; the plaudits and laurels of victory are the unthinking crowd's means of estimating success. But the vanquished may have fought more nobly than the victor; he may have done his best against hopeless odds. As Addison makes Cato say,

"'Tis not in mortals to command success,
But we'll do more, Sempronius,--we'll deserve it."


"All honor to him who shall win the prize,"
The world has cried for a thousand years;
But to him who tries, and who fails and dies,
I give great honor and glory and tears;

Give glory and honor and pitiful tears
To all who fail in their deeds sublime;
Their ghosts are many in the van of years,
They were born with Time, in advance of Time.

Oh, great is the hero who wins a name,
But greater many and many a time
Some pale-faced fellow who dies in shame,
And lets God finish the thoughts sublime.

And great is the man with a sword undrawn,
And good is the man who refrains from wine;
But the man who fails and yet still fights on,
Lo, he is the twin-born brother of mine.

From "Joaquin Miller's Complete Poems."


John Wooden on true success

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