Worth While

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It is easy enough to be pleasant,
   When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
   When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
   And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth,
   Is the smile that shines through tears.

It is easy enough to be prudent,
   When nothing tempts you to stray,
When without or within no voice of sin
   Is luring your soul away;
But it's only a negative virtue
   Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor on earth,
   Is the one that resists desire.

By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,
   Who had no strength for the strife,
The world's highway is cumbered to-day,
   They make up the sum of life.
But the virtue that conquers passion,
   And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
It is these that are worth the homage on earth
   For we find them but once in a while.

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Blake's father, a Stanford MBA graduate, attended a fireside chat by a young Steve Jobs in the 1970s, which inspired him to take action. After a lot of persistence and cold-calling, he was eventually hired by Apple, becoming one of its earliest team members. He was responsible for developing the famous 1984 commercial and, more importantly, forming a close relationship with Jobs.

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