Words of Wisdom by English Poet

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

as true and applicable today in the business and corporate field

as when Kipling wrote them

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, don’t deal in lies,

NSRW Rudyard Kipling

NSRW Rudyard Kipling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good nor talk too wise;

If you can dream and not make dreams your master;

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two imposters just the same.

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it in 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 talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings – nor 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 that’s in it,

And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

~Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

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