July 16, 2018

Who Am I?

I am your constant companion. I am

your greatest helper or heaviest burden.

I will push you onward or drag you down

to failure. I am completely at your command.

Half the things you do you might just as

well turn over to me and I will be able to do

them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed – you must merely

be firm with me. Show me exactly how you

want something done and after a few

lessons I will do it automatically. I am the

servant of all great individuals and, alas of

all failures, as well. Those who are great, I

have made great. Those who are failures,

I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work

with all the precision of a machine plus

the intelligence of a human. You may run

me for a profit or run me for ruin – it

makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me,

and I will place the world at your feet. Be

easy with me and I will destroy you.


Sean Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens