Dear Friends,

This poem titled “My Wage” is written by Jessie B. Rittenhouse. I came across this insightful poem while reading Think and Grow Rich!

by Napoleon Hill. I find that it makes a lot of sense to me that “no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.

Read it and share with me your thoughts below. 🙂 


I bargained with Life for a penny,

And Life would pay no more,

However I begged at evening

When I counted my scanty store.


For Life is a just employer,

He gives you what you ask,

But once you have set the wages,

Why, you must bear the task.


I worked for a menial’s hire

Only to learn, dismayed,

That any wage I had asked of Life,

Life would have willingly paid.

P.S: Think and Grow Rich! by Napoleon Hill is actually available in the public domain as a downloadable ebook as well. Just do a Google search and you would be able to find it. 🙂

Finally, feel free to contribute to the discussion, I will personally read your comments and reply them. 🙂