in his poem "IF" he gives us a lesson of how to deal with the vagaries of life,and how to gain self-confidence to succeed,and how it is possible,to build a glory from a failure.
simply how to be a man.
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,Or being hated, don't give way to hating,And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise,how to build a glory from a failure.
If you can dream -and not make dreams your masterIf you can think -and not make thoughts your aim
If you can meet Triumph and DisasterAnd treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spokenTwisted by knaves to make a trap for fools.Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,And stoop and build'them up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winningsAnd risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,And lose, and start again at your beginningsAnd 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 youExcept the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
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!