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    Former Guinness World Record Holder for largest book signing ever, Orrin Woodward is a NY Times bestselling author of And Justice For All along with RESOLVED & coauthor of LeaderShift and Launching a Leadership Revolution. His books have sold over one million copies in the financial, leadership and liberty fields. RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE made the Top 100 All-Time Best Leadership Books and the 13 Resolutions are the framework for the top selling Mental Fitness Challenge personal development program.

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When the Going Gets Tough

Posted by Orrin Woodward on August 14, 2013

Here is a poem I wrote in preparation for the release of the new EDGE series book with Chris Brady. LIFE Leadership is Having Fun, Making Money, and Making a Difference, learning life-changing principles so we can pay it forward.


Orrin Woodward

When the Going Gets Tough

When the going gets tough
and the competition is rough
winners lift their game
not for fortune or fame
for self-respect is enough.

Winners will lose
but self-pity is refused
instead count it gain
to learn from the pain
this winners choose.

Find a win in every loss
learn to carry one’s cross
for optimism breeds hope
a winner learns to cope
not negotiating the cost.

Find a loss in in every win
for pride is a terrible sin.
Self-examination keeps a man humble
Pride comes before the stumble
Rise and Fall lesson repeats again.

Secular man devises his schemes
Puffed up with glory in his dreams.
but God’s Elect follow a different plan
life, liberty, and happiness at His command.
Surrender to Jesus and be redeemed.

39 Responses to “When the Going Gets Tough”

  1. Chad Waters said

    Hi Orrin,

    We can never start too early educating our children and as a matter of fact, the sooner the better off they will be! Thanks for making the edge series for our next generation of leaders!

    Amen & God bless

  2. Martha said

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to read the new Edge Series Book! LTIT!

  3. roy and brenda hatcher said

    Yay….cannot wait for more info to help build our nations children up!!! So many broken hurting children…cannot wait to share with them!! Thank you PC!

  4. Bob said

    That’s awesome!

  5. JeanetteP said

    Awesome! Can’t wait to read it! Great poem!

  6. In humility we find our victory.
    I am honored and greatfull that God put you into our lives.
    Cant wait to see you again.

  7. Tina Abernathy said

    Wow Orrin!

    Awesome, who knew you had so many talents.

    I praise God that you saw and moved on the BIG vision God gave you and did not bury your talents as so many do out of hopelessness rather than choice.

    Thanks for the example!

  8. Florio Mazares said

    There is so much opportunity to help our youth. The media and world itself is very undermining. Thank you for sharing truth in to the next generation of future leaders. This poem rocks!!!

  9. Steve Meixner said

    Great Poem, Orrin 🙂 I’ll be looking forward to the book!

  10. Steve Harrett said

    With permission I’d like to put music to this poem and use it in my plan showings. Great poem!

  11. Jason Dames said

    All I can say to that is YAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WOOOOOOOOOOO YAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! That Jacked me Up!!! Just what I needed!!!!

  12. Jaimie said

    Awesome and inspiring for the next generation! Can’t wait for the book!!!

  13. Elizabeth Sieracki said

    Orrin you rock! So gifted. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Marsha Ward said

    Thank you again Orrin for your wisdom. The poem was right on amazing.
    I have been waiting for LIFE to add great books to the Edge subscription for our youth, but until that happened my teens read a lot of the great books from the LIFE and LLR subscriptions.
    We can not wait for Chris Brady’s new book. This information ROCKS!!!

  15. Lene Jytte Hansen said

    YOU are a VERY BEAUTIFUL PERSON Orrin Woodward – YOU have my deepest respect!!!!!!! LOVE your poem. Lots of hugs from Denmark 😀

  16. Rick Britton said

    Thanks Orrin!!! I love that poem! Its a great reminder of what we need to do to become or to be reminded of what a leader stands for!

    Rick Britton

  17. John Dickinson said

    Hopefully the Edge book is an option. I buy all of my books in Kindle format or have them scanned into PDF. It’s not fiscally responsible to buy a paper book and then buy the Kindle version also. I wish the books were also an option for the Life and LLR series also. If they were, I would subscribe to them. If the Edge book is not an option, it looks like I will be dropping that subscription. The audios are great, I just don’t want to have paper books!

    • Orrin Woodward said

      John, in a very short time all our books and cds will be in digital. So you can get them the way you want. 🙂 thanks, Orrin

    • Q, please, Orrin –

      Is the EDGE series going to become an audio & book combo, or will the book be available just a la carte? Either is A-OK, just to avoid jumping to any conclusions upon hearing of an “Edge Series book” 😉

      p.s. While I am not in Mr. Dickinson’s camp at this time, I definitely know of others in my personal circles of influence who are, so hearing that there will be an all digital option coming this soon is fantastic! …

      Q2 – I take it that it’ll be a click check box on the site for each subscription ? 🙂

      • Orrin Woodward said

        SJ, it’s an Edge book geared for youth, but we have no plans for an Edge book series. thanks, Orrin

  18. Alicia Vicchione said

    It’s just wonderful! I appreciate all the hope and optimism you have in all of us

  19. Scott Russell said

    AMEN brother Orrin awesome Poem!!!!!

  20. Rob Robson said

    Beautiful poem Orrin! I can’t wait for the EDGE book. That will be awesome!

  21. Dave Nelson said

    I think your high school friends were confused
    You talk to us people early and late
    Our lives are crooked
    And you help us get them straight
    And that is really G R R REAT!

  22. J & P Harteis said

    Your talent never ceases to amaze us! Great poem, amazing heart!!

  23. Carrianne Hall said

    Beautiful! Love it! Thanks Orrin!

  24. Orrin’s a poet,
    And I didn’t even know it!

  25. Wow powerful poem! Can’t wait for this book to be released!!

  26. Orrin, I recently saw a bit of wisdom which seems to somewhat apply to the sentiment of your awesome poem;

    A Pessimist only sees the Difficulty
    In any Opportunity
    An Optimist sees only the Opportunity
    In any Difficulty

    Semper Fi!

  27. Carrie Gillispie said

    Dear Orrin,
    Very nice poem-thanks for sharing!

  28. CJ Calvert said

    Great poem Orrin; can’t wait for the book!

  29. Juleen Ray said

    Absolutely Fabulous words of wisdom! There are so many people who need to know there truly is hope. I love the Edge series (and I graduated HS in 1983). I will chime in with everyone else – thank you to you and Laurie for choosing to do the hard work of pursuing your passion. David and I know only a small bit of the sacrifices you and the other PC have made to get to this place called LIFE. We are forever grateful!!!


  30. Matt Foote said

    Excellent!! I look forward to the book.

  31. Josh Dames said

    Wow!!! Thx Orrin!!! My kids are excited!!!

  32. Kim Decker said


  33. Hi Orrin,
    Great poem and right on target. Here’s a crazy last minute request. I am in Team Explosion out here in Pa and for my day job I publish a monthly magazine that caters to off road motorcycle and ATV riders and racers. We do a Chaplains Corner but my regular pastor/contributor missed his deadline this month.
    Is there any chance we could have permission to reprint this in our pages if we credit your blog? We reach around 10,000 with our printing and more online. You can check us out at: http://www.recrider.com and click on back issues. Catch is my deadline is later this week. Any response appreciated

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