I Will Persist, Until I Succeed. (Declamation Piece)

As I woke up this morning, there was this specific poem that kept on popping up on my head. It was actually an oratorical poem that we were asked to memorize and recite (declaim) back when I was in 2nd year high school (Grade 8).

Thus, in today’s post, I’ve decided to upload the stanzas of the poem itself. Back in High school, I never realized the things it wanted to point out. However, as I read it again today, I actually had a lot of realizations on almost each line. As a kid, I never really understood what it wanted to express; as an adult, things were totally different. Maybe because, now I know what success really means to me.

You may read the poem below. 🙂


I will persist, until I succeed.

(Augustine ‘OG’ Mandino)

I was not delivered unto this World in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins.  I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.  The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.  Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.  Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

I will be likened to the rain drop which washes away the mountain, the ant that devours a tiger, the star which brightens the earth, and the slave who builds a pyramid.  I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.  I will persist until I succeed.

I will never consider defeat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat.  I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair.  I will toil and I will endure.

I will remember the ancient law of averages and I will bend it to my good.  Each frown I meet only prepares me for the smile to come.  Each misfortune I encounter I will carry in it the seed of tomorrow’s good luck.  I must have the night to appreciate the day.  I must fail often to succeed only once.  I will persist until I succeed.

Never will I allow any day to end with a failure.  Thus I will plant the seed of tomorrow’s success and gain an insurmountable advance over those who cease their labor at a prescribed time.  When others cease their struggle, then mine will begin, and my harvest will be full.

Nor will I allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the greatest foundation of failure.  I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist?  For I know one of the greatest principles of success – if I persist long enough, I will win.

I will persist!  I will win!


To my batchmates in Don Bosco Pampanga; do you still remember this? What were to your realizations upon reading the piece again?

“I will persist!  I will win!”

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I hope this article taught you something about how to achieve success.
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I Struggle, I Win!
Jeypi Kyu

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