Who Am I?

David Hennessey

Who am I?

To make a difference in this world of ours and to really nourish our personal development we all need to know ‘Who am I?’ Take a few moments from your day and read this powerful reminder from an unknown author of how to make your life better.

Who Am I?

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 the things you do you might just as well

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 individuals and, alas, of

all failures, as well. Those who are great, I

have made great. Those who are failures,

I have made failures.



I am not a machine, though I work

with all the precision of a machine plus

the intelligence of a human. You may run

me for a 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


Have you read this poem before? I just read it to one of my children when I found it in the beginning of one of my all time favorite personal development books called The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens.

This is a remarkable book written by Sean Covey who is one of the sons of Dr. Stephen Covey who wrote one of the best sellers of personal development titled ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People‘.

What I liked most about Sean’s book (which I have read and re-read over the years) is that he put many of his Dad’s ideas into really simply everyday language (Dr. Covey’s book can be a bit heavy to read at times but worthwhile) and Sean made the seven habits accessible to many more millions of people who can change our world for the better, our teens. It is a book I truly recommend to buy for a teen you know and care about.

In the beginning of the book Sean even plays with the seven habits and share their negative versions which help show why the positive habits like ‘Beginning with the end in mind (habit two) and ‘Seek first to understand, then to be understood (Habit five) are so powerful.

Please share this posting with your social network so those who have not read it have a chance to. I also recommend you check out the books from Sean and Stephen Covery.

The books that have sold millions of times over because they are so useful and practical : The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Sean’s latest book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids which is now part of my family’s library.

I really wish I had been the author of those books, brilliant, thank you Sean and Stephen Covey.



By the way, if you wish to check out all the books I recommend from the hundreds I have read you can simply follow this link to personal development books.