Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If-” is my favorite and is one of the most inspiring pieces of text in the English language. The poem resonates with the teachings found in The Greatest Salesman, The Master Keys and Think and Grow Rich.
This is my homage to Rudyard, Og, Charles and Napoleon:
“IF-” by RUDYARD KIPLING
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
“I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious…the slaughter house is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked III.
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
“I will cause others to believe in me because I will believe in them and in myself” Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
“The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked III.
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
“For just as love is my weapon to open the hearts of men, love is also my shield to repulse the arrows of hate and the spears of anger. Adversity and discouragement will beat against my new shield and become as the softest of rains”. Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked II.
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
“I will eliminate hatred, envy jealousy, selfishness and cynicism…” Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
“…the value of experience is overrated usually by old men who nod wisely and speak stupidly.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked I.
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
“Do not confuse Imagination with Fancy, or that form of daydreaming in which some people like to indulge. Daydreaming is a form of mental dissipation which may lead to mental disaster.” Charles Haanel, The Master Keys, Part 8 Section 14.
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
“Then comes the process of visualisation. You must see the picture more and more complete, see the detail, and , as the details begin to unfold the ways and means for bringing it into manifestation will develop methods, methods will develop friends, and friends will bring about circumstances, and, finally, the third step, or Materialisation, will have been accomplished.” Charles Haanel, The Master Keys, Part 7 Section 7.
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
“I will love the ambitious for they can inspire me; I will love the failures for they can teach me.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked II.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
“With love I will tear down the wall of suspicion and hate which they have built round their hearts and in its place I build bridges so that my love may enter their souls.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked II.
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
“Failure I may encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never wil I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner”. Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked III.
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;
“I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles beneath me and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked III.
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!’
“So long as there is breath within me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked III.
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
“I love the kings for they are but human; I love the meek for they are divine.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked II.
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
“[My shield of love] will become stronger and more protective with use until one day I will cast it aside and walk unencumbered among all manners of men and when I do, my name will be raised high on the pyramid of life” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked II.
If all men count with you, but none too much;
“And how will I confront each whom I meet? In only one way. In silence and to myself I will address him and say I Love You. Though spoken in silence these words will shine in my eyes, unwrinkled my brow, bring a smile to my lips and an echo in my voice; and his heart will be opened.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked II.
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
“And I make a solemn vow to myself that nothing will retard my new life’s growth.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked I.
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
“Today, I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked I
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
“I will walk tall among men and they will know me not, for today, I am a new man, with a new life.” Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman, Scroll Marked I