The test of a man is the fight he makes,
The grit that he daily shows;
The way he stands on his feet and takes
Fate's numerous bumps and blows.
A coward can smile when there's naught to fear,
When nothing his progress bars;
But it takes a man to stand up and cheer
While some other fellow stars.
It isn't the victory, after all
But the fight that a brother makes;
The man who, driven against the wall,
Still stands up erect and takes
The blows of fate with his head held high;
Bleeding, and bruised, and pale,
Is the man who'll win in the by and by,
For he isn't afraid to fail
It' the bumps you get, and the jolts you get,
And the shocks that your courage stands,
The hours of sorrow and vain regret,
The prize that escapes your hands,
That test your mettle and prove your worth;
It isn't the blows you deal,
But the blows you take on the good old earth,
That show if your stuff is real.
I don't know who wrote it. I wish I did. I found it in the 'Laws of Success' by Napoleon Hill. I stumbled upon it this week at the perfect time. This helped remind me that the only time we have an opportunity to grow is when we are facing challenges and overcoming temporary setbacks. We can take our temporary failures and use them as steps on the ladder of success. They are all lessons in the school of hard knocks, which is the most valuable diploma one can earn.
People all over our industry are taking a beating with the current economy but if we learn from the mistakes of the past, we will only improve our abilities in the future.
Here is to hoping that we can raise our industry to an even higher standard and provide even greater value to our clients as we learn from the school of hard knocks.