My son, while your life’s in the making,
Prepare for the work you will do,
Don’t start till you’re sure to go through.
Remember it’s work that produces,
Mere smartness is not near enough,
You cannot cash in on excuses,
No alibi gets you the stuff.
The world is all yours if you show it,
The finest and best you can do;
You’ve got the right stuff and I know it –
My boy… all my faith is in you.