Who Am I?


I am your constant companion.

I am your greatest helper, or heaviest burden.

I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.

I am completely at your command.

Half of the things you do you might just as well turn over to me & I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed-you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done & after a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great men; & alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a man.

You may run me for profit or run me for ruin-it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, & I will place the world at your feet.

Be easy with me & I will destroy you.

Who am I?