Success Poems

Published: October 2019

Poems About Success

13 Poems About Success

We all want to be successful. But what is success? Too many times, we measure it by a person's wealth or status. We often use those markers to determine whether or not we have been successful in life. Basing it on that criteria alone means that a lot of people will never meet the world's definition of "success."

Success is attaining a purpose or goal you have set out to accomplish. The poems in this collection take a deeper look at other definitions of success. It's not about living up to the world's standards. Being successful is much more than money or popularity. It's about being yourself, working hard to achieve your dreams, learning lessons from your mistakes, and living your best life.

The start of a new year is marked with many resolutions. Some look at keeping those resolutions as a marker for success. But for many, it's challenging to accomplish the goals we have at the beginning of the year. This year, instead of resolutions of losing weight or getting organized, why don't we focus on our character? Let's look for ways to be kinder, more encouraging, and present with those around us. Let's not get distracted by the expectations of the world. Instead, let's live out our own definition of success.

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  1. If

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too:

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    I was never an avid reader nor appreciated poetry most of my life. My dad sent me this poem for my 28th birthday, printed along with a lovely card. Living many miles away from him I often...

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  2. Success

    • By Niderah
    • Published: July 2008
    What It Takes To Succeed

    in Inspirational Poems

    The road to success is not straight.
    There is a curve called Failure,
    A loop called Confusion,
    Speed bumps called Friends,

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    This poem really moved me. It made me think of my little sister Dana! Oh, how she is such a cutie. When I grow up, I was thinking about asking her to live with me! Ha! Ha!

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  4. Equipment

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
    You've all that the greatest of men have had,
    Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
    And a brain to use if you would be wise.

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    I lost my wife Donna in April 2021. Edgar Albert Guest's poem is inspiring me to carry on and get on with things. Life is too short.

  5. It Couldn't Be Done

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
    But he with a chuckle replied
    That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
    Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.

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    I memorized this poem more than 30 years ago and though I'm now 72, I still find myself quoting it often. In fact, I quote it almost every time I find myself engaged in an extremely difficult...

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  7. Keep Going

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
    When the funds are low and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

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    I've had this poem on my desk for the past 40 years of my life. In my darkest moments, it's given me light and a way to look beyond the clouds around me. It's a classic motivational...

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  8. Don't Quit

    Motivation And Inspiration To Fulfill Your Dreams

    in Inspirational Poems

    When times are hard, you might stop for a bit,
    But it's not over until the moment you quit.
    On a river's bridge, failures are the planks;
    Take one step at a time until you reach its banks.

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  9. Success Does Not Possess

    Poem About Success

    in Meaningful Poems

    Success is not engraved
    on the pieces of paper
    that control our very lives.

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    Well I met the author of this poem in 4th grade, and she's one of the most remarkable people I have ever known or ever hope to know.

  10. If You Stand For Nothing You Will Fall For Anything

    Standing Up For What You Believe

    in Courage Poems

    A time has come
    and it is now.
    Will you take a stand
    or bend your knee and bow?

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  11. Successful Life

    What Does It Mean To Be Successful?

    in Inspirational Poems

    Death is an inevitable fate.
    Someday we have to go.
    You hope you did
    your best in life,

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  12. Follow Your Dreams

    Don't Let Failure Follow You

    in Poems by Kids

    Follow your dreams.
    You won't disagree.
    Failure is in the past,
    So get over that fast.

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    I loved the poem "Follow Your Dreams." I wonder how old the author was when she wrote it. I hope she keeps at it. I wrote poetry when I was in grade school. -Scott Schaeffer-Duffy

  13. How Do You Measure Success In This Life?

    Living A Meaningful Life

    in Meaningful Poems

    How do you measure success in this life?
    And who should decide if you fail?
    Do life's sweet temptations guide you along?
    Or in the end does your conscience prevail?

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  14. Who Will You Be?

    • By Laila M. Beard
    • Published: June 2017
    Succeeding And Never Giving Up

    in Graduation Poems by Teens

    Who will you be?
    Will you pass?
    Can you succeed?

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  15. Promises To Keep

    • By Hemant Bohra
    Motivation For A New Year

    in New Year's Poems

    We resolve to turn a new leaf in our lives
    Yet go back to whining old ways in no time

    Why do we break promises ever so often

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