Michael asks…

Poems about self-reliance and confidence?

This is for an english project. I need poems with self-reliance or confidence as their subject. Even if it’s a stretch, please answer if you have an idea. Just give the title of the poem and the author. Thank you! :]

MKWeb answers:

How about “If” by Rudyard Kipling?



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 imposters 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 wornout 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!

Sandy asks…

Can anyone help me with a poem about self confidence/esteem?

MKWeb answers:

Every time I try to something to say
there are people that make me obey
not to talk and be insecure
I think there is no cure.

I want to stand up for my rights
but then I tend to avoid the fights
but every day by avoiding things
I look so small in my objectives.

I hope this helps. 🙂

Nancy asks…

What are some poems on self image?

I’ve got to do a poetry collage on Self Image. Does anyone know some poems I can search for that are preferably about Women, my argument is what media does to teenage girls and women in their confidence ect.

Please help, I can only use reputable authors, none that have just been on a poetry site, something thats in a book would be good. Thank you! Also if you have some songs in mind that are about self image.

MKWeb answers:

Mirror, by Sylvia Plath.

Maria asks…

How can I build a strong foundation of self confidence?

I am pretty self confident. I’ve been talking on crowds a couple of times. But the problem is, I never get used to it. I still feel nervous everytime I get a chance to make a speech, a poem, a song, or a stageplay on huge crowds. How can I be able to build a strong, firm, and permanent self confidence?

MKWeb answers:

You should always feel a little nervous. If you dont, you wont pay extra attention to avoid mistakes. Speaking in front of large crowds makes us nervous because we dont want to make any mistakes. If your simple goal is to not be nervous when talking in front of crowds, then you need to gain confidence in the material you are presenting.

A great example. I use to sell cars. While the audience was typically only one or two people, i would get very nervous when approaching them. The reason is simple.. I wasn’t confident that I knew the answers to their questions. Eventually, I knew almost everything about all competing car models, so that if someone asked me a question, I was confident that i could give them an honest response. If you seek to be confident when presenting in front of large crowds, you should focus your efforts towards gaining confidence in the knowledge of your product (or lecture). If you feel great about the lecture (or the product), then you wont feel nervous about showing others something that is truly to their benefit (or something that would be informative).

Another example. I sold another…. Item…. For a brief period of time. I wont name it…because…i’m too damn embarassed. The bottom line is this. I sold this item for a while… I tried like hell to understand the item, and its competition. I was never able to fully convince myself that this item was something that people needed, or was better than its competition. In the end, i wasn’t confident about the product, and thus, during the presentation, I was nervous. This often meant that they could visibly see how nervous i was. This means I sold less items. Bottom line… Learn more about what you are lecturing on. If you already know too much… Then its about learning how this material will help others. If you know this product or information is important to those you are lecturing… Then your enthusiasm will take over. Enthusiasm seems to naturally kill any nervousness.

Carol asks…

Symbols of women self-confidence in Japan ?

Hi all Japanese friends 😉

I am making a study on women selfconfidence around the world.
What/ Who would be symbols of Japanese selfconfidence (it can be actresses, TV moderators, Models, intellectuals, artists…)
1) from the past (history)
2) from today (mainstream)
3) the younger generation

Are there also japanese poems, stories, films or even lifestyle phenomenon that talk about it ? (I am thinking of TV series like Shomuni, does there exist something more recent ? Are there other figures than those we know in the West apart from strong feminine manga figures or women wrestling ? Maybe something more subtle ?…)
I heard that the advertising for TSUBAKI was a symbol of a new Japanese Women Pride in Japan… are there other ones ?

Any comments would be helpful !

Thank you chkoke, but the link does not seem to work ?

Bluemoon: what do you mean by feminism being old-fashioned ? Do you think that Japanese women are just talking about selfconfidence but that in reality they are not interested by the subject ?
Do you have examples of Japanese women talking about selfconfidence ?
Thank you 😉

MKWeb answers:


samourai girl

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