Can You Conquer Anything? You Bet Your Soul, Captain!


“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” Buddha

When life comes at you with difficulty or trying times, remind yourself of the following poem by William Earnest Henley. It has given many people inspiration such as the late, great Nelson Mandela and further popularized by the movie Invictus starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.

Nelson Mandela drew great strength from this Victorian poem to help him through 27 years of imprisonment.

If ever there is a time you need a “pick me up” from life’s woes, grab this poem out and read it. Heck–memorize it forever if you have to. If it worked for Mandela, and we all know how revered he was by all walks of life, why wouldn’t it work for you?

Don’t let anything in life defeat or conquer you! You are always in charge of YOUR fate!


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

(Invictus is Latin for Unconquerable)

“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” Zig Ziglar

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