The Paradoxical Commandments

TheTenCommandments on stone tablets

I recently reviewed a book called, You’re Stronger Than You Think by Les Parott. At the end of that book, Les shared something called The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. KeithI guess this piece has been around since the late 60’s but it’s brand new to me. The Paradoxical Commandments reminds me a lot of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, If, which you can find on this blog and where Dr. Keith almost certainly got his inspiration.

If you’re interested, Dr. Keith has written several books and has a whole website built around his commandments. The main idea is that there are always lots of reasons not to be great and to do great things but you should be and do so anyway. Are you up to the challenge?

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 with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men 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.