A father’s advice to his son

It’s Fathers Day today so…

Here’s a classic from English writer and poet Rudyard Kipling that is clearly relevant to all fathers and sons and I guess there’s even a message in it for investors.


A father’s advice to his son:

“If you can keep your head when all about youadversity overcome stress growth inspiration motivation

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,inspiration lesson wisdom

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,life-lessons

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!”

Now that’s a powerful message

Also published on Medium.

Want more of this type of information?


Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who create wealth for their clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and his opinions are regularly featured in the media. Visit Metropole.com.au

'A father’s advice to his son' have no comments

Be the first to comment this post!

Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published.



Michael's Daily Insights

Join Michael Yardney's inner circle of daily subscribers.

NOTE: this daily service is a different subscription to our weekly newsletter so...