If-

By Rudyard Kipling

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!

The main idea of this poem is how one can find happiness and become a man. The poet writes to his son about searching himself to keep the dirty nature of other people out in order to be content with his life. It also has a lot to deal with failure and how one needs to have the motivation to start all over and keep going. Finally, in part with becoming a man the poet also writes about how to deal with success as much as failure and how that one shouldn't lose his way because of it.

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

Whoa, oh, oh

Whoa, oh, oh

Whoa, oh, oh

Whoa


I'm waking up to ash and dust

I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust

I'm breathing in the chemicals


I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus

This is it, the apocalypse

Whoa


I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones

Enough to make my systems blow

Welcome to the new age, to the new age

Welcome to the new age, to the new age

Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive


I raise my flags, don my clothes

It's a revolution, I suppose

We'll paint it red to fit right in

Whoa


I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus

This is it, the apocalypse

Whoa


I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones

Enough to make my systems blow

Welcome to the new age, to the new age

Welcome to the new age, to the new age

Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive


All systems go, the sun hasn't died

Deep in my bones, straight from inside


I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones

Enough to make my systems blow

Welcome to the new age, to the new age

Welcome to the new age, to the new age

Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

Song choice:

My song and poem both connect by the motivational idea behind them. The song "Radioactive" talks about an individual who is suddenly realizing the power within themselves and becoming stronger because of it. In the poem, Kipling explains to his son how he can overcome whatever distraction may come and become a greater person because of it. They also mention a struggle that either they have gone through or will face. The main theme in both of them, however, is an optimistic one in which they can overcome something.

Why did I choose this?

I chose this poem because I love inspirational works. Everything I've ever lived by is validated in this poem which brought about my connection to it. Also, being a golfer I am always looking for ways to be brought back up in order to perform. I like to live my life by how this poem expresses that one should in order to have a happy life. It is one of the greatest optimistic poems and that's why I love it so much.
Why Do We Fall - Motivational Video

What are you doing today?

Are you sitting back patiently abiding with the rest,

waiting for someone, something to show you a way?

Or are you searching, looking, or even striving to become your best?

Are you listening to the lies that pour upon you like rain,

whispering "There's no chance" or are you finding the truth that lays deep within? Which through you can only be enhanced.

Every time you fall, are you burying your head in the sand covering up your failure hoping nobody will notice?

Or are you getting back up, with pride set aside and learning from the mistakes that can be avoided?

If the power to rise and succeed beyond doubt depends on what you do now,

and not on the shallow opinions of those who might tell you how

then i must ask once more for whatever come may

What are you doing today?