> Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself; and heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys.
>Be comforted, that in the face of all irridity and disillusionment, and despite the changing fortunes of time, there is always a big future in computer maintenance.
The two are quite similar, but "If" feels like it acknowledges human failing more openly that Desiderata. At least to me.
Sad fact: He wrote it for his dead son.
EDIT: My "sad fact" might be wrong.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
I'm going to give that link to my teenage son who aspires to be a national level Rugby player! :-)
Show me a startup founder that could do that without blogging about it.
The larger conversation (and intent of the post) is lost now.
I feel that the value in a poem like this is not that it teaches you how to live life, but that it gives you a tool to keep in mind good general principles. A sort of mnemonic device for consciousness.
So true, and yet, the first thing I did after reading it was to post it in my Facebook timeline.
Although most people will "one ear out the other" with something like this, it'll affect a few permanently.
The best (and worst) side of words will do this.
In context: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfGtwkq5sC0
Guess I have to start making submissions!
Wow, this is a really, really, really great way to think.
Sometimes a simple sentence can change your whole outlook.