The job will not make you, my boy;
The job will not bring you to fame
Or riches or honor or joy
Or add any weight to your name.
You may fail or succeed where you are,
May honestly serve or may rob;
From the start to the end
Your success will depend
On just what you make of your job.
Don’t look on the job as the thing
That shall prove what you’re able to do;
The job does no more than to bring
A chance for promotion to you.
Men have shirked in high places and won
Very justly the jeers of the mob;
And you’ll find it is true
That it’s all up to you
To say what shall come from the job.
The job is an incident small;
The thing that’s important is man.
The job will not help you at all
If you won’t do the best that you can.
It is you that determines your fate,
You stand with your hand on the knob
Of fame’s doorway to-day,
And life asks you to say
Just what you will make of your job.