Stupendously famous and overly demanding as it is, the poem If by Rudyard Kipling still stands as the most influential one in the things I do and the principles I keep myself to. Its always a warm read and I remind myself of it all the time.

So heres a little optimism and direction for your day!

If you can keep your head when all about you

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

    But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

    Or being lied about, dont deal in lies,

Or being hated, dont give way to hating,

    And yet dont look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dreamand not make dreams your master;

    If you can thinkand not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

    And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth youve spoken

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

    And stoop and build em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

    And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

    To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

    Except the Will which says to them: Hold on!

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

    Or walk with Kingsnor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

    If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

    With sixty seconds worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything thats in it,

    Andwhich is moreyoull be a Man, my son!

-Rudyard Kipling

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