Success Poem

Find a success poem to inspire and motivate you. We all have different definitions of success. Does success mean having money? Or, is success possessions? Or, is success a job title? What does it mean?

Webster's Dictionary defines success as follows: "accomplishment, achievement (a person or thing which succeeds)". mean to succeed? Find answers to "what is success" in these poems. It may surprise you!

Ask yourself the question, at the end of your life what will you consider to be a successful life? Then ask yourself are you living that life today.

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    A famous poem about success. Reflect on the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    He expresses what he feels as winning in life
  1. Success
    Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson


    To laugh often and much;

    To win the respect of intelligent people and
     the affection of children;

    To earn the appreciation of honest critics and
     endure the betrayal of false friends;

    To appreciate beauty,

    To find the best in others,

    To leave the world a bit better,
    whether by a healthy child,
    a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

    To know even one life has breathed easier
     because you have lived.

    This is to have succeeded.



  2. Determination
    Poet: Ethel L. Preble


    Determination! Thou fore-runner of Success;
    Thou life-breath of all great desire;
    Thou art a power that few possess:
    Thou art the spark which makes the fire!
    The tenacious beach-grass, thou,
    Which binds the shifting sands of idle thought,
    And, —with that force which makes men bow —
    Lo! In them a miracle is wrought!



  3. Edgar A. Guest points out what is important when it comes to being successful at your work. Is it the job or is it you? Read these verses for thoughts on this.
  4. The Job
    Poet: Edgar A Guest


    The job will not make you, my boy;
    The job will not bring you to fame
    Or riches or honor or joy
    Or add any weight to your name.
    You may fail or succeed where you are,
    May honestly serve or may rob;
    From the start to the end
    Your success will depend
    On just what you make of your job.

    Don't look on the job as the thing
    That shall prove what you're able to do;
    The job does no more than to bring
    A chance for promotion to you.
    Men have shirked in high places and won
    Very justly the jeers of the mob;
    And you'll find it is true
    That it's all up to you
    To say what shall come from the job.

    The job is an incident small;
    The thing that's important is man.
    The job will not help you at all
    If you won't do the best that you can.
    It is you that determines your fate,
    You stand with your hand on the knob
    Of fame's doorway to-day,
    And life asks you to say
    Just what you will make of your job.



  5. You May Succeed At Last
    Poet: J.J. Thorne


    Passions and violence destroy labor,
    But hope and energy is hard to blast;
    Stick tight to your integrity,
    You may succeed at last.

    Think with care before you start,
    Of your business and methods to cast;
    Labor faithful with an honest heart.
    You may succeed at last.

    Personal vigilance is the price of prosperity,
    Frugality saves without driving so fast;
    Prate for rights but not ignore charity.
    You may succeed at last.

    Be a servant on virtue's ship,
    When duty commands climb up the mast;
    Pilot your way for security's shore,
    You may succeed at last.

    We are bound to regret our evils and wrongs,
    And grieve of disobedience in the past;
    Make hope and reformation humble songs,
    You may succeed at last.

    Life is trouble, trials are many,
    A hero is he that completes his task;
    Completion gives repose and awaits next duty,
    You may succeed at last.

    Time and eternity waits for no one,
    Honor and duties are many and vast;
    Pursue your way noble daughter and son,
    You may succeed at last.

    All blessings of God is bestowed upon Us,
    We do not have to ask —
    Beseech his mercy with humble hearts,
    You may succeed at last.



  6. The Keenest Pleasure
    Poet: Strickland Gillilan


    We are so built, we human things,
    That we may touch joy's deepest springs
    Now and again. We should be glad
    That real pleasure may be had
    From our accomplishment of what
    Our brains conceived, our two hands wrought
    But still the finest joy, indeed,
    Is seeing some one else succeed.

    'Tis only now and then that we
    Can bring the longed-for thing to be
    That we ourselves had planned and dreamed,
    That we had plotted for and schemed.
    So if our only triumphs come
    When we have crowned with doing, some
    Of our own plans, we miss a lot
    Of earthly joy we might have got!

    For all the time some one's succeeding
    In some great thing that had been breeding
    In mind and soul of him; and so
    A sympathetic joy we know
    When he brings triumph out of chaos
    And with his vict'ry song would stay us.
    This makes of earth a Neighborhood -
    Our joy when some one else makes good.



  7. Wise words by Marshal Foch. While these words were said many years ago, they still hold true today.
  8. The Essentials of Success
    by Marshal Foch, Said in 1922


    He who hesitates is lost. He who moves forward wins.

    The way not to move forward is by adopting the methods
     of the board who ruthlessly pushes others aside that
     he may reach the front of the crowd -
    the self seeker, who tries to impress on everyone
    that he is entitled to what he is not;
    the nervous, arrogant man who cannot wait,
    but who feels that if he does not reach the
    front at once the world is lost for him.

    The way to move forward is by patience, by earnest endeavor,
    by diligent study, by tireless work.

    Plan your battle of life in advance.
    Map out every detail of what you want to accomplish and
     then follow out your program.

    No man who has been successful in life can
     be counted as lucky.
    His success has been due to his own effort.

    Success is work and work is success.
    The two are inseparable.



  9. One of our favorite poems about success in life! At the end of the day, it is not your job, it is not money, but how we treat others, how we live that determines success!
  10. Not In Vain
    Poet: Emily Dickinson

    If I can stop one heart from breaking,
    I shall not live in vain;
    If I can ease one life the aching,
    Or cool one pain,
    Or help one fainting robin
    Unto his nest again,
    I shall not live in vain.

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