Alf’s Poem

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We work with many family businesses. Yesterday Alf, the father of one of our family business clients, gave me a poem that he has shared with his children. His father had given him the poem when he was young and it really struck home with him.

I’ve now shared the poem with my family. My wife, who is a teacher, has even taken it into her work today to share with her Year 4 class.

With all of the talk we here of young people’s work ethic today, We think this poem is even more relevant now than when it was written in 1913.


Our Future Men and Women.
The Man Who Wins.
By Charles R. Bartlett

The man who wins is an average man,

Not built on any peculiar plan,

Not blessed with any peculiar luck;

Just steady and earnest and full of pluck.

When asked a question, he does not “guess”.

He knows, and answers, “No or “Yes.”

When set a task that the rest can’t do,

He buckles down till he’s put it through.

Three things he’s learned: that the man who tries

Finds favor in his employer’s eyes;

That it pay to know more than one thing well;

That it doesn’t pay all he knows to tell.

So he works and waits, till one fine day,

There’s a better job with bigger pay,

And the men who shirked whenever they could

Are bossed by the “man whose work made good”.

For the man who wins Is the man who works,

Who neither labor nor trouble shirks,

Who uses his hands, his head, his eyes;

The man who wins is the man who tries.


Post by Anil Puri

1st February 2017

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