Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
– William Ernest Henley
If nothing else, take from this poem the command to master your own fate, to captain your own soul. In life and in your career, it’s important to take stock of what it is you’re looking for, and to go out and actively seek it. Sitting around and waiting for something great to happen never helped anyone- so start working toward your New Year goals!