Orison Swett Marden (1848-1924) was an American writer who worked in the genre of inspirational prose writing about the ways to gain success in life. According to his philosophy of life, people can manage their lives as they create and transform the life around them themselves. The Boy Who Said "I Must" is a short story by Orison Marden that represents a bright example if his writing style as it deals with the topic of ambitions and success. The central figure of the story is a boy who loves learning in the school but whose father forces him to help with a farm work. The boys dreams are at the stake, but he has got not only ambitions but the sense of duty as well, and when he must do something it means that he must.