“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same.” – Rudyard Kipling

I first encountered Rudyard Kipling’s immortal poem back in college. My track coach had a knack of citing literary classics. Back then, I did not really pay attention to the poem. Even though I’m a man of literature myself, “being a man” – as Kipling’s last line vigorously exhorts – was but a distant thought, in light of my youthful pursuits.

Seeing the Rolex Ad featuring Roger Federer, the Wimbledon Centre Court Players’ Entrance and one of Kipling’s lines necessitated a second look at the inspirational poem.

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Full text of Kipling’s “If”

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