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Man In The Glass

--by Bill Parcells (Feb 07, 2000)

When you get what you want in your struggle for self And the world makes you king for a day Just go to a mirror and look at yourself And see what that man has to say For it isn't your father, mother or wife Whose judgment upon you must pass The fellow whos verdict counts most in your life Is the one staring back from the glass Some people may think you are straight-shootin' chum And call you a wonderful guy But if the man in the glass says you're only a bum If you can't look him straight in the eye He's the fellow to please, never mind all the rest For he's with you clear up to the end And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test If the man in the glass is your friend You may fool the whole world down the pathway of life And get pats on the back as you pass But your final reward will be heartaches and tears If you've cheated the man in the glass -- Bill Parcells to his team when departing on January 3, 1999 Originally called, 'Guy in the Glass' by Dale Wimbrow

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On Jan 1, 2018 Lee Smith wrote:


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On Jun 1, 2017 Derek wrote:

 The first line is "pelf" not "self" - pelf meaning money/riches.....

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On Mar 23, 2016 samiya wrote:
 I am nearing retirement and always tried to do my best. This poem put what I was always thinking and feeling into words. - See more at:
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On Dec 3, 2014 Davd wrote:

As   a   recently  retired  coach  and  life  long  admirer  of  Coach  Parcells   this  poem  really hit  home. 

On Nov 28, 2014 Mick O'Toole wrote:

 Wow I love this.  Thank you! ♥.

On Aug 9, 2013 Jeff wrote:

 This Was written by a guy in the 1930s not bill... Love the poem but don't quote bill.  

On Aug 5, 2013 Kent Proffer wrote:

 I am nearing retirement and always tried to do my best. This poem put what I was always thinking and feeling into words.

On May 26, 2007 Tim Wheeler wrote:
Here's the poem I was talking about

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