“It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar Albert Guest


“It Couldn’t Be Done”

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.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959) était un poète américain, connu pour ses messages positifs et motivants…


“Why I Hate School But Love Education” – Spoken Word, by Suli Breaks

Tellement de choses intéressantes dans ce Spoken Word (les prémisses du hip-hop !) par Suli Breaks ! Deux phrases à retenir ?

  • “Education is about inspiring ones mind not just filling their head” (L’éducation consiste à inspirer les esprits, pas juste à remplir les têtes)
  • “if you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help build theirs”. (Si tu ne construis pas ton rêve, quelqu’un d’autre t’engagera pour l’aider à construire les siens)

Texte complet : 

So you want to get a degree, why? Let me tell you what society would tell you, increases your chances of getting a job, provides you with an opportunity to be successful, your life will be a lot less stressful, education is the key. Now, let me tell you what your parents would tell you, make me proud, increases your chances of getting a job, provides you with an opportunity to be successful, your life will be a lot less stressful, education is the key.

Now let’s look at the statistics, Steve Jobs’ net worth $7 billion R.I.P; Richard Branson net worth $4.2 billion; Oprah Winfrey net worth $2.7 billion; Mark Zuckerberg, Henry Ford, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates now here comes the coup, the grace.

Looking at these individuals, what’s your conclusion? Neither of them in being successful ever graduated from a higher learning institution, now some of you would protest like, you know money is only the medium by which one measures worldly success, some of you even have the nerve to say, I don’t do it for the money, so what are studying for? To work for a charity, need more clarity?

Let’s look at the statistics, Jesus, Muhammed (inaudible) Socrates, Malcolm X, Mother Teresa, Spielberg, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Sean Carter, Michael Jeffrey Jordan, Michael Joseph Jackson were either of these people unsuccessful or uneducated?

All I’m saying is that if there was a family tree, hard work and education would be related, but school would probably be a distant cousin. If education is the key, then school is the lock. Because it really ever develops your mind to the point where it can perceive red as green and continue to go when someone else said stop, because as long as you follow the rules and pass the exams, you’re cool. But are you aware that examiners have a checklist? And if your answer is something outside of the box, the automatic response is a cross, and then they claim that school expands your horizons and your visions. Well, tell that to Malcolm X, who dropped out of school and is world renowned for what he learned in a prison.

Proverbs 17:16, It does a fool no good to spend money on education, why? Because he has no common sense, George Bush need I say more. “Education is about inspiring ones mind not just filling their head”. And take this from me, because I’m a educated man myself, who only came to this realization after countless nights in the library with a can of Red Bull keeping me awake till doing in another can in the morn, falling asleep in between paws of books which probably equates the same amount I’ve spent on my rent, memorize equations, facts and dates, write it down to the letter, half of which I’d never remember, and half of which I forget straight after the exam, and before the start of the next semester, asking anyone if they had notes for the last lecture? I often found myself running to class, just so I could find the spot on which I could rest my head and fall asleep without making a scene, ironic because that’s the only time I ever spent in university of chasing my dreams.

And then after nights with a dead-mind; identifying myself in the queue of half awake student zombies waiting to hand in an assignment, maybe that’s why they call it a dead line. And then after three years of mental suppression and frustration, my proud mother didn’t even turn up to my graduation.

Now I’m not saying that school is evil, and there’s nothing to gain, but all I’m saying is, understand your morals and reassess your aims, because if you want a job working for someone else, then help yourself. But then that would be a contradiction, because you wouldn’t have really be helping yourself, you’ll be helping somebody else; there’s a saying, which says: “if you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help build theirs”.

Redefine, how you view education. Understand its true meaning. Education is not just about regurgitating facts from a book on someone else’s opinion on a subject to pass an exam. Look at it, Picasso was educated in creating art; Shakespeare was educated in the art of [word] that was written. Colonel Harland Sanders was educated in the art of creating Kentucky Fried Chicken.

I once saw David Beckham take a free kick, I watched as the side of his Adidas sponsored boot hit the playing level of ball at angle which caused it to travel towards the skies as though it was destined for the heavens. And then as he reached the peak of his momentum, as though he changed its mind, and switched directions, I watched as the goalkeeper froze, as though he recited to himself to lose the physics, and as though his brain was negotiating with his eyes that was indeed witnessing the spectacle of the level swung that was [sweeping] towards it, and then reacted.

But only a fraction of a millisecond too late, and before the net of the goal embrace the fee for sponsored ballers, as there was the prodigal son returning home and the country that I live in erupted into cheers. I look to the play, and [forth], damn. Looking at David Beckham is more than one way in this world to be an educated man.

Source : LYBIO.net


“Who have you decided to become ?” – Tony Robbins

Décider qui on veut devenir. Contradictoire avec la sociologie, et en particulier la sociologie de Pierre Bourdieu ? Je ne pense pas. Au contraire, j’ai toujours eu l’impression  que la psychologie motivationnelle de Tony Robbins était une mise en pratique de l’auto-socioanalyse bourdieusienne.

Dans Réponses, Bourdieu et Wacquant rappellent que la réflexivité nous rend capable de maîtriser, jusqu’à un certain point, certaines des déterminations “qui s’exercent à travers la relation de complicité immédiate entre position et dispositions” – complicité immédiate, c’est-à-dire impensée, inconsciente, qui nous paraît évidente. Dans un entretien avec Gérard Mauger et Louis Pinto, Bourdieu affirme que le contrôle conscient de nos dispositions profondes permet de les contrôler, au moins partiellement. Ce qui fait de l’auto-socioanalyse un instrument relativement puissant de libération…

Nous naissons déterminés et nous avons une petite chance de finir libres“, disait Bourdieu à Roger ChartierConsciously. Carefully. Powerfully.

Alors, QUI avez-vous décidé de devenir ? Etes-vous conscient de ce qui vous en empêche ? Et comment allez-vous agir là-dessus ? 


Travail ou loisir ?

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always seems to be doing both. Enough for him that he does it well.”

L.P. Jacks (1860-1955)

Dans un monde qui nous pousse à séparer notre travail et nos passions (jusqu’à l’aliénation), et un enseignement qui nous apprend, très jeune, qu’il y a un temps pour jouer et un temps pour travailler, cette phrase de L.P. Jacks vient rappeler que celles et ceux qui vont le plus loin sont celles et ceux qui ont pu faire sauter cette distinction entre activité professionnelle et passion. Ce n’est pas autre chose que dit Gary Vaynerchuk dans Crush It

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