A lady drew my attention to this poem after I had spoken at an event. I get a lot of feedback from people and it is very humbling that the feedback can be so different in terms of what an individual got from my talk.

As I emphasise, the story is a human story that I tell and everyone is different so different people take different things away whatever their age, their gender or whether they are a Chief Exec, unemployed, a housewife or a primary school kid.

The lady who came and spoke to me after this particular talk asked if I had heard the poem. A Man in the Glass. I had not heard of it but I am so pleased Debbie brought it to my attention as it captures an essential point of our human story, so thank you Debbie and thank you Peter Dale Wimbrow, 1895 – 1954 who wrote this in 1934:

A Guy in the Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for gain

And the world makes you king for a day

Just go to the mirror and look at yourself

And see what that man has to say!


It isn’t your father or mother or wife

Who judgment upon you must pass

The one whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the man staring back in the glass.


He’s the one you must satisfy beyond all the rest

For he’s with you right up to the end

And you will have passed the most difficult test

If the man in the glass is your friend.


You may be the one who got a good break

And think you’re a wonderful guy

But the man in the glass says you’re only a fake

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.


You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years

And get pats on the back as you pass

But your final reward will be heartache and tears

If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

Peter ‘Dale’ Wimbrow, 1895 – 1954

Written in 1934 & titled ‘The Guy in the Glass’ See more by clicking here.

Our crew below, what do we see when we look in the glass from our trip….

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