Edgar Guest was an English born American poet who became known as the "People's Poet".
His poem, I'd Rather See A Sermon is used by the Napoleon Hill Foundation's World Learning Center as a teaching aid for Success Principle #5, Pleasing Personality.
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear; And the best of all preachers
are the men who live their creeds, For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it if you'll let me see it done; I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run. And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true, But I'd rather get my lessons
by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give, But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
You can do as much as you think you can,
But you'll never accomplish more;
If you're afraid of yourself, young man,
There's little for you in store.
For failure comes from the inside first,
It's there, if we only knew it,
And you can win, though you face the worst,
If you feel that you're going to do it.
When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face,
Lift your chin, and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace,
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do.
You may fail, but you may conquer--See it through!