Amy Rees Anderson

Be The Best Of Whatever You Are

If you can’t be a pine on top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley — but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass —
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is near.

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail —
Be the best of whatever you are!

-Douglas Malloch

Read this poem today for the first time and LOVED it and its message! Always be the best of whatever you are!!

Have an AWESOME day everyone!

~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )


  • Srinivas AG says:

    Our objective in Wipro technologies wher I worked for 17 years to be amongst the top three.

  • Mariola says:

    What a wonderful poem! I will share it with my team. Thank you Amy for this post and for many others you wrote, as well as for your great book! I enjoyed reading it very much.
    Best regards, Mariola.

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