The 10 Paradoxical Commandments of Life

The world will not always be on your side, that’s reality….. and we should not let that deter us from creating and delivering our magnificent obsession .
Mother Teresa had a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta, that was taken from The Ten Paradoxical Commandments, originally published by Kent Keith in 1968 whilst still at school. Here is his full list.

1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centred.
Love them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
6. 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.
7. People favour underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Develop your magnificent obsession, get to work on it, create a great day.
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By |2010-04-23T11:27:57+00:00November 16th, 2009|Goal creation and control|2 Comments


  1. Richard Maybury November 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Yes, Roger, sometimes we can get so sucked into the events and emotions of the deal, the day, the week, the month – that we can loose perspective

  2. Roger Hollis November 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Richard…stating the obviuos…but do we do it?
    Mostly not: but it serves as a great/ inspired reminder that this is what wee should strive for in EVERY context.
    Thanks for your ideas and contribuion.

    roger hollis

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