Tonight (Friday) on my way to the Bobcats vs. Bulls game, I saw a sign outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame building that said “If winning was easy, losers would do it.” That statement speaks volumes. It doesn’t take much effort to give up. But continuing to strive for greatness is a true test. Being able to wake up daily and do what you have to do to be the best is both a character trait and a blessing. Don’t spit in the face of the Creator by not working to your potential. That is what losers do.
When being made into a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. by way if the Playboi Pi Zeta chapter, I learned a poem titled “The Test of a Man.” Though I could post it in its entirety from memory, I will not. I will only post a few lines that will serve as a conclusion to this post, though they are the beginning of the poem. Lines that separate winners from losers. Lines that I recite to myself when I want to give less than my all. Lines that let me know I am passing the test. Take them with you. Internalize them. Let them change you.
The test of a man is the fight that he makes
The grit that he daily shows
The way that he stands upon his feet
And takes life’s numerous bumps and blows
A coward can smile when there’s naught to fear
And nothing his progress bars
But it takes a man to stand and cheer
While the other fellow stars
Don’t give up.