Success & Failure

Success & Failure

“Success is by choice

Mediocrity is also by choice”


Facts you may not know but may surprise & even astound you! These are great men we speak of:

  • Abraham Lincoln entered the Black Hawk War as a captain & came out as a private.


  • F. W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he 21, but his employer wouldn’t let him wait on the customers because he didn’t have enough sense.

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Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was too stupid to learn



Walt Disney was fired by his newspaper editor

because he had “no good ideas”.

The road to success is narrow & crude

That to failure is broad & smooth

It’s easy just to cry

When you fail to even try.

Trying & striving under pressure

Will ultimately yield you pleasure

But should you lack tenacity

You’ll not reach your destiny.

Where you’re heading always seem far & distant

The journey will not end in an instant

It calls for faith & persistence

When frustration crowd your existence.

Success is by choice

Mediocrity is also by choice

What you set out to achieve

Depends upon your own firm belief.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent



With “IF” in your life, you’ll never be satisfied!


LIFE is beautiful and nothing’s wrong

L stands for LOVE song

I is the Inspiration we seek

F is the Freedom we preach

E means it’s Exciting

Which together makes LIFE a wonderful thing.

However, something’s not quite right

LIFE is spelt with “IF” of great might

IF I were rich and handsome

IF I were not meek but fearsome

Then I won’t be so lonesome

Must put the “IF” clear out of sight

Only then LIFE will be right.

Paul Chong

Blame & Shame . . . Pain & Gain

Blame & Shame . . . Pain & Gain

Fixing up his sleeping area

It’s said that “Tough times never last but tough men do.”

Generally, however, men apportion blame without shame

Forgetting the benefits of pain to beget gain.

When God gave us dominion over the world

We were meant to navigate & overcome our woes

He further endowed us with the mind & intellect

To chart our course that we elect or select.

We have the choice to make our way

Yet many suffer failure, self-pity & go astray

Ignorance, grief, poverty & shame that need not be

If we can be just like the bees.

If people choose the easy way out

They can never be tough & stout

For toughness comes through pain

If at all there’s going to be any gain.

Who’s to blame that we should suffer shame?

Definitely not the circumstances or pain

Set your mind right filling your heart with delight

Map your way & secure your Book of Life.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Story of the Five Fingers

Story of the Five Fingers


Let me tell you a moral story

Of the Five Fingers seeking glory

The Thumb was strong, stout & proud

Ruling leadership contest out

Whereupon the Index Finger pointed out

That challenge was there and about

The Third Finger stood tall and said

You’re all short & below me you’ll stay.”

Then the Fourth Finger countered

Urging them to recall their day’s of great encounter

Everyone agreed that it was their wedding day

When they had the ring with the Fourth Finger there to stay

Being so important, he claimed the day

Finally & amusingly, the Last Finger took hold of the ship

Reminding them all of the Holy Bible

The first shall be the last & the last shall be the first principle.”

When the argument seemed futile

The Guardian Angel from above put them to the trial

She dropped a piece of paper for each one to pick

Seemingly ridiculous, the Thumb tried to stick

But alas he could not lift

Likewise with each & everyone in turn

The paper appeared to be such a burden

When everyone was satisfied with their own vain attempts

The Guardian Angel urged them to combine to save their energy then

Together they picked up the paper

Then they realised what they could master.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

I Love Thee

Thee I Love


I love Thee

As though there’s no tomorrow.

I love Thee

In joy and in sorrow.

I love Thee

Not for all the silver nor gold.

I love Thee

For the reasons that follow:

You’re kind

You’re divine;

You’re sweet

You’re cute;

You’re loving

You’re caring;

You’re beautiful

You’re dutiful;

You’re thoughtful

You’re faithful;

You’re great

You’re a mate.


I love Thee

For a thousand more reasons.

I love Thee

Throughout all the Seasons.

You’re the Spring of my Youth

You’re the Summer of my Charm

You’re the Autumn of my Grace

You’re the Winter of my Life.


Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

Capitalism – The Sense of Morality

Capitalism – The Sense of Morality

This poem of mine was initially written in the 80s

at the time when Australia was plagued with economic

recession, ‘Bottom of the Harbour Schemes’, political leadership struggle

between John Howard & Andrew Peacock . . . nothing like the scale & magnitude

of the present global economic crisis.


“Capitalism creates a rational frame of mind which, having destroyed the moral authority of so many other institutions, in the end turns against its own.” – Joseph A. Schumpeter

CAPITALISM is good: it generates a lot of food

Growth and progress begin to shoot.

Materialism and consumerism grow

Discontentment and greed get out of control.

Disillusionment and immorality are sins of the century

When aims and energy are directed essentially towards prosperity.

Ethics and morality are no longer strong

Thus the nature of things just go wrong.

The song of the century hits your mind:

When you hang your soul on the line,

Is it worth the price you pay for the money you make?”

Certainly creates the disillusionment for the day.

Sins occur here and there and everywhere

All sense of value and morality fly through the air.

Delinquency and street kids multiply in folds

When every action and freedom can never be told.

There is decay in every facet of society.

Nothing good can be guaranteed.

Fast Buck rules in politics as in business.

Loyalty, morality, trust and faith are silenced by greediness.

We are drifting away from the proper way,

Indulging in escapism, sex, drugs and alcohol as we sway.

In our search for fulfilment

We are lost in our apparent contentment.

There’s a way and it’s God’s way:

Search your heart and soul and pray.

There can be no other way

Having Jesus in your heart will not make you sway.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent