I’d Rather Watch a Winner

I first heard this poem years ago on an audio tape by Denis Waitley.

My children were very young at the time and I’ve always tried to keep its wisdom in mind as I raised them.

Perhaps you may want to do the same, realizing that we all are examples for others.

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I’d Rather Watch a Winner

Than Hear One Any Day.

I’d Rather Have One Walk With Me

Than Merely Tell the Way.

The Eye is a Better Student

And More Willing Than the Ear.

Great Counsel is Confusing

But Example is Always Clearer.

The Best of All the Preachers

Are the Ones Who Live Their Deeds.

To See the Good in Action

Is What Every Person Needs.

I Can Soon Learn How to Do It

If You’ll Just Let Me See It Done.

I Can Watch Your Hands in Action

But Your Tongue Too Fast May Run.

And the Lectures You Deliver

May Be Very Wise And True

But I’d Rather Get My Lesson

By Observing What YOU Do… (Dad)

For I May Misunderstand you

And the High Advice You Give

But There’s No Misunderstanding

How YOU Act And How YOU Live

So please, my loving parents

let your lives show me the way.

I’m only a reflection

of what you taught today

So teach me by example,

don’t preach about what’s right;

And show me by your actions

every day and night.

I know that you’re not perfect,

in the things you do and say;

And the lectures you deliver

are to help me find my way;

But I’d rather watch a winner,

than hear one any day.

                  —Denis Waitley

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