I have been reading in John Maxwell’s book Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn and came across the following excerpt as from Dennis P. Kimbro:
“I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward, or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do, you might as well just turn over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed—you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great men; alas, of all failures, as well. Those who are failures, I have made failures. Those who are great, I have made great. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine, plus the intelligence of a man. You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin—it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I? I am habit.”
-Jeorald Pitts and Lil Tone, “Can You Identify What I am?” Los Angeles Sentinel, December 16, 2010, http://www.lasentinel.net/index.php?option=com_context&Itemid=182, accessed September 13, 2012.
As used by:
John C. Maxwell, Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn; First Edition October 2013, ISBN 978-1-59995-364; New York, NY; Center Street, Hachette Book Group USA