A small word with big consequences

A small word with big consequences


Can't is the worst word that's written or spoken;

Doing more harm here than slander and lies;

On it is many a strong spirit broken,

And with it many a good purpose dies.

It springs from the lips of the thoughtless each morning

And robs us of courage we need through the day:

It rings in our ears like a timely-sent warning

And laughs when we falter and fall by the way.

Can't is the father of feeble endeavor,

The parent of terror and half-hearted work;

It weakens the efforts of artisans clever,

And makes of the toiler an indolent shirk.

It poisons the soul of the man with a vision,

It stifles in infancy many a plan;

It greets honest toiling with open derision

And mocks at the hopes and the dreams of a man.

Can't is a word none should speak without blushing;

To utter it should be a symbol of shame;

Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;

It blights a man's purpose and shortens his aim.

Despise it with all of your hatred of error;

Refuse it the lodgement it seeks in your brain;

Arm against it as a creature of terror,

And all that you dream of you some day shall gain.

Can't is the word that is foe to ambition,

An enemy ambushed to shatter your will;

Its prey is forever the man with a mission

And bows but to courage and patience and skill.

Hate it, with hatred that's deep and undying,

For once it is welcomed 'twill break any man;

Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying

And answer this demon by saying: "I can."

~  Edgar Guest


Believe you can and you’re halfway there - Theodore Roosevelt

You must do the things you cannot do -   Eleanor Roosevelt

We can change our lives. We can do, have and be exactly what we wish  -Tony Robbins

You can never cross the ocean until you have courage to lose sight of the shore - Christopher


Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve - Napoleon Hill

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  • I agree with Merle and her Mother,not in my Dictionary.

  • Excellent article Maria.  Can't is such an ugly word that has destroyed many lives.  Love the positive quotes as well.  Thanks for sharing.  Liked and Shared.

  • My mother always used to say to me when I was little that there was no such word as can't and that it is not in the dictionary !!  I believe that now.  Thanks for sharing.

  • Great post, Maria and I love the oh so positive quotes.  Can't is a word that should never be uttered befoe thinking.  Thanks for sharing, my friend.

  • Such a awesome post as I have been taking it out my vocabulary for a couple of months now.cause I can do anything
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    Awesome post Maria. Happy to share this for you. I agree that it's a small word with big consequences when it's overused.

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