ProdPod: Episode 59 — Habit

I came across this poem (who’s author is unknown to me) several years ago and I think it’s definitely worth sharing. If you haven’t yet listened to Episodes 12 to 15 on habit development, go check those out after listening to this episode. Enjoy!

I will push you onward or drag you down to
I am completely at your command.
over to me and I will do them – quickly and
Show me exactly how you want something done
and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I work with the precision of a machine
plus the intelligence of a person.
it makes no difference to me.
I will place the world at your feet.

I am your constant companion.

I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.

Half of the things you do you might as well turn

I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.

I am the servant of great people,

I am not a machine though

You may run me for profit or run me for ruin

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and

Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I? I am Habit.