Rudyard Kipling: Poems

what is the poet saying in the first stanza which has been taken from the poem 'if'

it has been taken from poem if

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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...

Basically the speaker is giving us life lessons on the merits tolerance and self-discipline.