Nov 1, 2009


Read through a section in StarBizWeek - 'up close and personal' about a guy, Kenneth Fisher - a self-made billionaire investor.. he did mention about a poem, a poem i found very meaningful and inspiring.. the poem of 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 imposters 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 wornout 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 breath 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!

It took me quite some time to learn the exact meaning this poem were to express.. and i got it, crystal clear..

The guy interviewed said "if you take most self-made people who are rich, they like doing something which made them rich." - i cant agree with that more, one will throw full attention in something they like doing, because to them, succeeding in the field they like is an achievement, and most of them care more the achievement than the reward that comes along..

There is a problem in me, i'm interested in many things, way too many things, yet i don't have anything i really like in particular.. maybe that's the reason i'm such a failure.. i have to admit, i'm not at all satisfied with the course i'm currently taking and still struggling to choose on which course to go for for my degree..

What will i be in the future? the only thing that i know which interests me is money, i shall never give up any chance of making big money (provided that it is legal), so, i'll make a rough guess that i might be a businessman some day, successful or not? God knows...

in memory:
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

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