The Paradoxical Commandments

The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders. While this poem has been attributed to Mother Teresa as it hug on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta, India. The Paradozial Commandments were written by Kent Keith in 1968, when he was 19, a sophomore at Harvard College.

We can apply them to how we deal with people in customer service and technical support industry and in our business lives.

 

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

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.



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