The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

BY ROBERT FROST

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Often success comes down to decisions, travelling roads that have not been trodden before and taking “risks” without knowing what the outcome will be.

Today, I give you a poem that I first learned at the age of 19 and it has stayed with me since, as I see it as a metaphor for what success can be in our lives.

 

Jorge

 

The Road Not Taken

BY ROBERT FROST

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.

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