The “Scrapper” on TED Talks

This is an excellent talk by human resource professional Regina Hartley on TED Talks.  “Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume.”

She explains why those who often find difficulty and adversity in their careers might just be the ones to hire — over the ones with the “Silver Spoons.”

It reminds me of something we had to memorize at the Naval Academy as Plebes (first year students).  It’s a poem called, “All in the State of Mind.” It goes like this:


If you think you are beaten, you are.

If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you would like to succeed and don’t think you can,

It’s almost a cinch you wont.


If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;

For out in the world you’ll find,

Success begins with a fellow’s will.

It’s all in the state of mind.


Full many a race is lost

Ere even a step is run.

And many a coward fails

Ere even his work is begun.


Think big and your deeds will grow.

Think small and you’ll fall behind.

Think that you can and you will —

It’s all in the state of mind.


If you think you’re outclassed, you are.

You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You ever can win a prize.


Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man.

But sooner or later the man who wins

Is the fellow who thinks he can.


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