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thinking by walter d wintle

One of the best success poems ever penned is ‘Thinking’ by Walter D. Wintle. The poem was first published in 1905; however, it was made especially famous when Napoleon Hill included it in his best-selling success book, ‘Think and Grow Rich‘ in 1937.

The poem is also known to many as ‘The Man Who Thinks He Can’, and in even smaller circles, some refer to it as ‘The State of Mind’ poem. As for the author Walter D. Wintle, little is actually known about him, but the legacy of his poem has become well-known and widespread amongst readers of motivational literature.

With that being said, we aim to give this life-changing poem even more exposure, by publishing it here on The Strive. We believe there is power in this quote, and know that when it is embraced, and applied, it can truly help revolutionize a person’s journey towards success. So, without further ado, here’s the famous poem that can and will help you find more success in life; behold…..’Thinking’.

‘Thinking’ (Poem)

Thinking Poem

If you think you are beaten, you are,

If you think you dare not, you don’t

If you like to win, but you think you can’t,

It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

For out of the world we find,

Success begins with a person’s will —

It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,

You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man

But soon or late the one who wins


‘Thinking’ By Walter D. Wintle Print Out

This poem is an excellent reminder on the power of mindset, and how our thinking can positively impact our levels of achievement in life. Without a doubt, they are words to live by. In fact, one of the best ways to live by these words is to study and read them often.

“Repetition Is The Mother Of Learning, The Father Of Action, Which Makes It The Architect Of Accomplishment.” – Zig Ziglar

As such, we’ve created a downloadable version that you can save and print out for easy access. You could also add as a wall paper to your desktop or smartphone for daily inspiration, if that’s what you choose to do. With that being said, here it is:

Walter D. Wintle Print Out - Thinking Poem

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Thinking by Walter D. Wintle in Audio Form

If you’re looking to consume Walter D. Wintle’s powerful poem in audio form, there’s no better way to listen to in than through this work of art created by RedFrost Motivation.

If you have the time, give it a listen below; it has a slow pace, but it is definitely worth it:

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Final Thoughts

There you have it, one of the best success poems ever written. We hope you found value in this page, but most importantly some inspiration from the life changing poem. If you think someone else could benefit from this success poem by Walter Wintle, please share it.

With that being said, keep believing in your success, and keep backing that belief up with persistent action and your lucky day will come, guaranteed.

Till then,


The Strive Team is made up of everyday people and experts from all sorts of different callings and professions, each contributing their best advice and unique insights to help you navigate the challenges of achievement, and support you as you strive to live your best life.