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Who am I ? August 6, 2006

Posted by theoxymoron in Interesting Reads, Management.

A very nice description of something all of us know very good well. What is it ?

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your 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 men.
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 man.
You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin; it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will put the world at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.
Who am I?



1. Andrea - August 6, 2006

this sounds like you might describe the various habits of people. First I thought it was a computer programme but then you said it was not a machine. The only other thing that is a constant companion and can be trained in various directions is a habit.

2. theoxymoron - August 6, 2006

Well thats totally true! I didn’t think that someone could figure this out…the answer is: I am a habit.

The description is in one of the last chapters of the book “The 8th Habit” from S. R. Covey

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