Motivational verse for your first full work week of 2023

Author and poet of children’s books, Charles Ghigna, is known to many as Father Goose. As we approach our first full work week in this new year, we at By George Journal thought it might be helpful to share a few of Father Goose’s motivational verses.  So, enjoy these ditties as you shake off that holiday sluggishness. It’s time to check in. Go to it.

The Art of Start
Don’t search for inspiration when
You have a task to do;
Just start your work and you will see
That it will soon find you.

Best Laid Plans
A plan is only good if it
Is one that gets recruited;
For good intentions soon will die
Unless they’re executed.

Ants Never Cry “Uncle”
Consider the little ant.
He never says, “I can’t.”
And so it comes as no surprise,
He carries things ten times his size.

Heavy Mettle
Adversity is what it takes
To see our goals ascend;
In order for the kite to rise,
It flies against the wind.

Success Full
Never doubt what you can do
No matter what the chore;
Success comes when we care enough
To do a little more.

Finish Lines
Success is never measured by
The things we try to do;
It only comes when we have seen
A task completely through.


Chris George is an Ottawa-based government affairs advisor and wordsmith, president of CG&A COMMUNICATIONS. Contact:

1 thought on “Motivational verse for your first full work week of 2023

  1. CG

    Two of my favourite Father Goose rhymes are:

    A Test of Character

    Character is built each time
    We face up to the test;
    The two most difficult of course
    Are failure and success.

    A Sure Thing

    Good luck is not a random act
    Of probability;
    It’s when your preparation meets
    An opportunity.


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