“The Paradoxical Commandments” by Kent M. Keith

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

― Kent M. KeithThe Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council

5 thoughts on ““The Paradoxical Commandments” by Kent M. Keith

  1. Interesting! Just this week I came across a version of this (a few minor word differences) called “Anyway” that I had posted in my classroom about a dozen years ago. At that time it was attributed to Mother Teresa. Regardless of its source, cool synchronicity that it surfaced twice in one week. Thanks for posting.


    1. I’ve seen that too Hippie, I’m not sure if the chicken or the egg came first in this regard, but man what a nice message. And the synchronicity! Awesome.

      Hey, I was going to hit you up to see if you may like to do the Life in 6 Songs Challenge over on the RoS site–I’m working on schedules this weekend, I’d be happy to save you a date. You’ve got some killer taste in music! I’ll email you. 😉 – Christy


      1. Super! I’ll pencil you in when I sit down to schedule, and then I’ll shoot you another email with the form and date.
        It’s fun to do. Trying not to over-think it is the hard part! Glad to have you– thank you!


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