by Author Unknown

I am your constant companion,
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.

Half the things you do might just as well turn over to me
And I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed –
You must merely be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want something done
And after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great people;
And alas, of all failures as well.

Those who are great,
I have made great.
Those who are failures,
I have made failures.

I am not a machine,
Though I work with all the precision of a machine
Plus the intelligence of a human.
You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin –

It makes no difference to me.
Take me,
Train me,
Be firm with me,

And I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me,
And I will destroy you.