If you want a thing bad enough,
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and sleep for it
If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
makes you hold all other things tawdry and cheap for it.
If like seems all empty and useless without it.
And all that you scheme and dream is about it.
If gladly you’ll sweat for it.
Fret for it, Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God for it.
If you simply go after that thing that you want.
With all your capacity,
Strength and sargacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity.
If neither cold, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain,
of body or brain,
Can turn you away from the thing that you want.
If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You’ll get it!
– Burton Braley