Jim Yerman

If At First You Don't Succeed...

Today I offer this little quiz, for your amusement and edification
You may hold until the end you’re thanks and appreciation.

1. His first two automobile companies went bankrupt but he never lost his way
The third company he created is still making cars today.

He was cut from his high school basketball team but he saw in himself what other could not see
And he is now considered the greatest player in basketball history.

3. His music teacher called him hopeless saying he had no talent musically
When his career was over he had written 9 complete and 1 unfinished symphonies.

This boy was such a poor student they called him ‘that ignorant one’.
But he proved them wrong by winning the Nobel Prize in Physics...in 1921.

5. He lost more elections than he won but he remained steadfast and confident
Saving the Union of our country as our 16th president.

6. His first book was rejected 30 times, he even threw the manuscript away
But he is now one of the most widely read authors of this or any day.

Henry Ford, Michael Jordan and Beethoven,1,2 and 3 in case you were wondering.
Followed in succession by Albert Einstein, Abe Lincoln and Stephen King.

Failure is part of life for as long as you inhale
Chances are there will be times when you are going to fail.

The trick as these six men will readily admit
Is to get up and try again...because you only fail when you quit.

Don’t let today’s failure stop you...for tomorrow you may be a whiz...
Who knows someday, you too, may be an answer in this quiz.

Submitted: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Topic of this poem: Failure

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