The Man Who Thinks He Can Poem by Walter D. Wintle

The Man Who Thinks He Can

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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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: thinking
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Lydia 30 July 2019

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.

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Lula Brown 10 July 2018

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.

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Stephen Collins 01 June 2018

One of my football coaches recited this poem to the team. That was over 50 years ago. I still think about it.

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Chinedu Dike 22 March 2015

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.

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