Thursday, 28 April 2011

A Little Bit of Motivation!

Looking around a few of the blogs lately I have noticed that a few are going through a patch of poor performance.

Unfortunately losing runs are part and parcel of our involvement in the sports speculation markets, and I know that if anyone is involved in pitting their wits against the markets for any length of time, they will have times where things just do not go their way.

Most experienced sports speculators know that there will be short term swings in their fortunes, but really it is only the long profit and loss figure that really matters. 

Even  though we all know that the above is true, we can still fall prey to our emotions during times of poor returns.

With that in mind I have decided to post one of my favourite pieces of motivation, it’s a short poem (yes a poem!) that extols the virtues of seeing a task through to the end; I hope you enjoy the read.

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup.
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

Stay patient
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  1. I like it. Perhaps that is what we need a poety corner. We all need motivating at times. And the power of words can truly inspire. Just think how many times people must have given up only to realise they were so close to their goal. You know, if they had a mountain of two in the Fens (flat as a pancake round this way) I would be inspire to climb to the top. Joking aside, I am a big fan of motivational prose. To all those needing a touch of luck, inspiration or twist of fate it will be poetic justice when that winning day comes round. With belief we are all one step closer.


  2. Mark,

    You never fail to amaze me with your great posts.
    I will be copying this one and place it near my computer.

    Thanks friend


  3. Hi Jason/Jake

    Thanks for the comments.

    I'm sure that this sort of thing is not everyones cup of tea but I firmly believe ( and I am sure that you both would agree) that so much of what we do is governed by how we feel, that anything which helps to keep our motivation levels up has got to be a good thing.

    Thanks again



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