The Will to Win – A Powerful Life Poem

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Read by Shane Morris

The Will to Win
by Berton Braley

If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace
And your sleep for it,

If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
Makes you hold all other things tawdry
And cheap for it,

If life seems all empty
and useless without it
And all that you scheme
And you dream is about it,

If gladly you'll sweat for it,
Fret for it, Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God
or man for it,

If you'll simply go after that
thing that you want
With all your capacity,
Strength, and sagacity,
Faith, hope, and confidence,
stern pertinacity,

If neither cold poverty,
famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain
Of body and brain
Can turn you away from
the thing that you want,

If dogged and grim you
besiege and beset it,
You'll get it.

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  1. “The meaning of life is to find our gift”.

    “The purpose of life is to give it away.”

    Pablo Picasso

  2. Headphones barely working, rip headphones march 2019 – november 2020 (that’s quite a long time for a £10 cheap pair from Amazon XD) so yeah couldnt listen so I read

  3. Your motivational quotes are always inspiring but what really sets your narration apart is your voice. It reminds me of Charles Bukowski’s narration and vocal quality. 🙏

  4. A powerful “Why” can propel you forward and carry you to the promised land. But you must never give up on it.

    Great work as always, and thank you for your time and efforts making these.

  5. some persons in this world have this capacity to put a string of words and create this deep powerful sense that blows your mind !!!

  6. What a beautiful and powerful voice of both poet and poem ! You made it yours, like written by yourself ! Thanks so much!

  7. My week hasn’t been that good. Thank you for this I haven’t watched it yet but the title and seeing that Shane morris is reading it made me feel a whole lot better. Thank you so much for this channel. You doing so much🙏🏽

  8. I just wake up from my soul…
    After listening this. Thank you for it

  9. How can English be so beautiful? And the narrator got deeply involved in this poetry rain, and He started living the poems. Brillant! 🤗 💯

  10. Awesome! awesome! awesome!
    Yes yes, if you’re willing to throw your own soul away, YOU’LL GET IT!
    Thanks so much for this awesome poem.🧡🔥

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