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IF…

LIVING SUCCESS 3D--IF

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;

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 impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve 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 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 [a Woman, my daughter].

~ Rudyard Kipling

What’s Your Excuse?

LIVING SUCCESS 3D--NO MORE EXCUSES

Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.

~ Francois de la Rochefoucauld

 

We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, and callings.

~ Abraham H. Maslow

 

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

An excuse is worse than a lie, for an excuse is a lie, guarded.

~ Alexander Pope

 

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

~ Rudyard Kipling

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