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The Motivational Poem For All Times

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You always hear and read beautiful one-liners. There are so many great quotes said by famous and anonymous people out there. People spend a lot of time on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Pinterest sending and reading these pearls of wisdom. The quotes make you smile, make you see the world in a new way and motivate you.
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Eventually though, you will forget most of these quotes. When you first hear them, you think “Wow. This is gold. This is powerful. I’ll remember this.” Soon you struggle to remember it as you get distracted by everything else in your busy life. You can’t remember the quote when you need to remember it.

This is where longer quotes are so much more effective. When a book, poem or song moves you, it stays with you. You spent the time taking the words in and it will take a long time for the words to come out. These are the words that can actually change the direction of your life and push you to new places. The very best long quotes stay forever in your mind.
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The one poem I believe to be amazingly motivational is “If—” by Rudyard Kipling. There are hundreds of poems more beautifully crafted but not that many which can put that fire in your belly and drive to move ahead in your life so strongly. The words are just as strong in 2014 as they were a hundred years ago which is incredible.

If—

Portrait of Kipling

The Motivational Poet

By Rudyard Kipling

(‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)

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:
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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:
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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!’
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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!
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(Source: Poetry Foundation)
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Hope you felt the poem the same way I did and continue to feel it. Have a good day!
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