Inspirational Poem - The Test

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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.





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Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

Rod: glad to hear that you're inspired and have an optimistic bent. That can get anyone through tough times. My best to you my brother. PS If you see Scott Fulmer Jr. in Logan say hello for me.

Apr 21, 2009 04:37 PM #1
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

Its important for people to read this sort of message and know that any adversity is a GIFT!

Apr 21, 2009 05:03 PM #2
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Rod, great post!  I like this poem, thanks for the reminder!

Apr 21, 2009 05:32 PM #3
Renee Marrs Caperton
Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate

I really enjoyed the poem.  Thanks for sharing.  It is nice to read inspirational messages before beginning the day!  It gives us a boost to face the challenges that lay ahead!

Apr 21, 2009 11:28 PM #4
Katiejo Franks
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Scottsdale, AZ

Great Poem.  Really hit home for me right now.  It's nice to see some encouragement to stay positive even when you're passing over one of lifes bumbs.  My moto is "one day at a time".  Seem's to help me stay sane when dealing with alot of stressful events.


Thanks again!

May 14, 2009 09:47 AM #5
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Rod.

The author is unknown, but Alpha Phi Alpha has been using that as an "Alpha Poem" since at least 1976 that I'm aware of. I don't know whether or not one of their brothers wrote it, but that's the earliest instance that I know of the poem. There is a film by the same name from the World War I period.

May 19, 2009 06:43 AM #6
Alvin Strickland

The poem "The Test" was written by Carlyle Straus and has been around many years. I received a copy some forty eight (48) year ago and to the best of my ability I have lived my life accordingly. God has given me the grace and life has been very good.

Nov 20, 2009 01:15 PM #7
Ed G.

In the novel, "The Devil's Right Hand Man", by Michaud & Price, the original poem is attributed to Charlie Hess.

Dec 07, 2011 04:32 AM #8
Mel Edwards

Does anyone know what the price of a numbered print of this poem worth? I have a copy that I must sale.

May 29, 2012 05:35 AM #9

The Business Philosopher quarterly published in July 1922 associates this with poem with Carlyle Fahlsworth Straub.

Jul 02, 2014 04:00 PM #10
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