In 1875, the popular poem "Invictus" was written by William Ernest Henley but very few people know the story behind his inspiration... Henley's left leg required amputation due to complications arising from tuberculosis when he was only 16 years old. If it wasn't for the efforts of distinguished surgeon Joseph Lister, he would have lost his right leg too. While recovering, he was moved to write this poem about self-discipline and strength in times of adversity:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be,
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance,
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears,
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years,
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
Helen Marie Fox is a Success Coach and Mentor who has helped hundreds of individuals and groups perform at their best. Her strategic approach to goal achievement leaves people armed with the knowledge, skills and essential mindset required to create change. Read more.