Our maintenance manager in Butner, North Carolina. He recently shared a poem his basketball coach would recite to the team back in the day.
It’s called “Thinking” by Walter Wintle
If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, 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!
The poem reminds that your mindset in the face of challenge matters. Your attitude can take you higher. Your self confidence will often be the difference in winning or losing.
I appreciate the reminder. I hope you do as well.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.