There’s always a way to rise, my friend,
always a way to advance.
Yet the road that leads to Mount Success does not pass by the way of chance,
but goes through stations of work and strive, through the valley of Persevere.
And the one that succeeds while others fail must be willing to pay most dear.
For there’s always a way to fall my friend,
always a way to slide,
And the ones you find at the foot of the hill,
all sought for an easy ride.
So on and up though the road be tough and the storms come thick and fast.
There is room at the top for the one who tries,
and victory comes at last.
// Alexander Lewis, written in 1902.
NOTEL This is from a book called, “Manhood-making: Studies in the Elemental Principles of Success”.