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 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;
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,
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!
I don't quite know why this is sitting in my drafts folder (from 9 Aug 2010 too?!?) but out it shall come into the light of the world wide web. Not that it hasn't already. I think a lot of that comes close to this Moral Bucket List article on NY Times. Most people strive to be better, I think (or would like to think), to become better versions of themselves.
Rudyard Kipling clearly did not have to deal with statistical modelling, or he would have said:
If you have p-values and AIC values that don't concur--and not give up on the whole project already
If you've run the codes on R way too often--and not think stats modelling is a pain
If you have completely insignificant and somewhat nonsensical results
But still have to write it up and do a presentation on it
And convince others it's a worthwhile project
You're a Part II student, that's for sure!
Or maybe it's just me :/ I think I'd like to call my project 'The Mysterious Case of the Missing Adders'. Or perhaps The Case of the Mysterious Models.
If projects and exams were over. Well this little rant has completely spoilt the mood of the poem, sorry! Projects and exams WILL be over (soon). 40 days.
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