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The Man Who Thinks He Can

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't;
If you'd like to win, but think you can't,
It's almost a cinch you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost,
For out in the word we find
Success begins with a fellow's will,
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outcasted, you are;
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

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Comments (4)

two spelling errors here: It should read " If you think you are out-classed" (not out-cast) , and " for out in the world we find" not " in the WORD" . It doesn't make much sense with the spelling errors.
This poem has such profound meaning which is applicable to all ages, children and adults alike. As an educator, I have used this poem a required resource to teach public speaking and to build positive self-esteem with my students. I sponsored The Man Who Thinks He Can Poem Recital Competition. It was an awesome event! ! I thank Mr. Walter D. Wintle for having written that poem and shared it with mankind.
One of my football coaches recited this poem to the team. That was over 50 years ago. I still think about it.
Lovely and inspirational piece of poetry written with insight. If ones faith does not endure, that person will not endure because faith keeps those that keep the faith. A nice poem indeed. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.