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With doubt and dismay you are smitten
You think there’s no chance for you, son?
Why, the best books haven’t been written
The best race hasn’t been run,
The best score hasn’t been made yet,
The best song hasn’t been sung,
The best tune hasn’t been played yet,
Cheer up, for the world is young!
No chance? Why the world is just eager
For things that you ought to create
Its store of true wealth is still meager
Its needs are incessant and great,
It yearns for more power and beauty
More laughter and love and romance,
More loyalty, labor and duty,
No chance — why there’s nothing but chance!
For the best verse hasn’t been rhymed yet,
The best house hasn’t been planned,
The highest peak hasn’t been climbed yet,
The mightiest rivers aren’t spanned,
Don’t worry and fret, faint hearted,
The chances have just begun,
For the Best jobs haven’t been started,
The Best work hasn’t been done.
   —    Written by:  Berton Braley
[For those of us already struggling with our New Year’s resolutions: each day brings another opportunity.  It’s not the last time you failed that counts, it’s will you try again today?   —    KMAB]
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It’s doing your job the best you can
And being just to your fellow man;
It’s making money – but holding friends
And being true to your aims and ends;
It’s figuring how and learning why
And looking forward and thinking high
And dreaming a little and doing much.
It’s keeping always in closest touch
With what is finest in word and deed;
It’s being thorough, yet making speed;
It’s daring blithely the field of chance
While making labor a brave romance;
It’s going onward despite defeat
And fighting staunchly, but keeping sweet;
It’s being clean and it’s playing fair;
It’s laughing lightly at Dame Despair;
It’s looking up at the stars above
And drinking deeply of life and love.
It’s struggling on with the will to win
But taking loss with a cheerful grin;
It’s sharing sorrow and work and mirth
And making better this good old earth
It’s serving, striving through strain and stress;
It’s doing your noblest – that’s Success!
   —    Written by:  Berton Braley
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