A "Guest" Post?

I’ve written almost 300 posts here on The Realtor’s Toolbox and I haven’t had an opportunity to share a guest post yet.  I saw the poem below and felt this would be a perfect time for my first “Guest” post.

It’s by the English born American poet and author, Edgar A. Guest.

Can’t



by Edgar A. Guest


Can’t is the worst word that’s written or spoken;


Doing more harm here than slander and lies;


On it is many a strong spirit broken,


And with it many a good purpose dies.


It springs from the lips of the thoughtless each morning


And robs us of courage we need through the day:


It rings in our ears like a timely sent warning


And laughs when we falter and fall by the way.


Can’t is the father of feeble endeavor,


The parent of terror and halfhearted work;


It weakens the efforts of artisans clever,


And makes of the toiler an indolent shirk.


It poisons the soul of the man with a vision,


It stifles in infancy many a plan;


It greets honest toiling with open derision


And mocks at the hopes and the dreams of a man.


Can’t is a word none should speak without blushing;


To utter it should be a symbol of shame;


Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;


It blights a man’s purpose and shortens his aim.


Despise it with all of your hatred of error;


Refuse it the lodgment it seeks in your brain;


Arm against it as a creature of terror,


And all that you dream of you someday shall gain.


Can’t is the word that is for to ambition,


An enemy ambushed to shatter your will;


Its prey is forever the man with a mission


And bows but to courage and patience and skill.


Hate it, with hatred that’s deep and undying,


For once it is welcomed ’twill break any man;


Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying


and answer this demon by saying: “I can.”

2 Responses to A "Guest" Post?
  1. Leigh Anne Chisholm
    August 3, 2011 | 11:03 pm

    As a sports coach, I've watched athletes use "I can't" as an excuse to not even try. They've quit before they've even gotten into the game. It's amazing the results I get when I ask them not to say "I can't" – but rather "I'm learning".

    This simple reframing technique gives my athletes permission to fail without feeling bad BECAUSE they are learning. And because they put in the effort, that end result they want to achieve comes. It's not always easy, but effort plus reviewing what went right and making tiny corrections equalled achievement. I got athletes to do things they never believed they could.

    That same "I'm learning" philosophy is applicable in any new unfamiliar situation. When you give yourself permission to fail, and you have the right coaching system in place to help you make corrections, you can achieve.

  2. Sean M. Carpenter
    August 4, 2011 | 6:48 pm

    Leigh Anne – Thanks for the comment. You are so right. Many times we won't believe in ourselves until someone else does.

    I appreciate you being a loyal reader