Archive | February, 2014

Who Am I?

3 Feb

Last week I was in some leadership training when I was introduced to this riddle poem.  I found it to be very moving, intropsective and inspirational  I tried to find the original source as there seems to be a few, but there was something meditative about blogging it.  I encourage you to do the same.  

That is an answer I gave about a week ago.  I really do not like limits.  Keep reading… Okay, here it is…



I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.

I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.

I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command.

Half of 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 people; and alas, of all failures as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.

Those who fail, I have made failures.


I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human.

You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin – It makes no difference to me.


Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet.

Be easy with me, without clear intent, and I could destroy you.


Who am I?