The Things That


Encouragement Poems

The Things That Haven't Been Done Before
Poet Edgar A. Guest

The things that haven't been done before,
Those are the things to try;
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore
At the rim of the far-flung sky,
And his heart was bold and his faith was strong
As he ventured in dangers new,
And he paid no heed to the jeering throng
Or the fears of the doubting crew.

The many will follow the beaten track
With guideposts on the way.
They live and have lived for ages back
With a chart for every day.
Someone has told them it's safe to go
On the road he has traveled o'er,
And all that they ever strive to know
Are the things that were known before.

A few strike out without map or chart,
Where never a man has been,
From the beaten path they draw apart
To see what no man has seen.
There are deeds they hunger alone to do;
Though battered and bruised and sore,
They blaze the path for the many, who
Do nothing not done before.

The things that haven't been done before
Are the tasks worthwhile today;
Are you one of the flock that follows, or
Are you one that shall lead the way?
Are you one of the timid souls that quail
At the jeers of a doubting crew,
Or dare you, whether you win or fail,
Strike out for a goal that's new?


Short Quotes to Encourage

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. Joanne Kathleen Rowling

Don't let fear stop you from achieving your dreams.

The longer you live, the more choices you make- and the more responsible you are for how your life is turning out. John Maxwell, The Difference Maker

A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him. Alexander Solzenitsyn

The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements Anais Nin

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts. Cicero

To be courageous requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula, no special combination of time, place, and circumstance. It is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to us all. John F. Kennedy

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley

I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it. Lou Holtz




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