"The Recipe" for Success


What is “the recipe” for success in one’s life? Deep down, I think we all want to know the answer.

Is it fame, fortune and things? No, no and no. Every VH1 Behind the Music proves those aren’t the keys to success.

I’ve found that life is so much more than that.

Throughout my digging I unearthed an old poem by Berton Braley on the topic. I think this poem is a superb look at the reality of true success in life. It is a guide on how to choose a career, pick partners and make quality decisions throughout your life. I’ve noticed that a majority of those who are happy in their old age have followed this recipe.

The Recipe

It’s doing your job the best you can

And being just to your fellow man;

It’s making money - but holding friends,

And staying 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!

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