The Paradoxical Commandments

IMG_1121_hand of God_cropped

The Paradoxical Commandments – by Dr. Kent M. Keith
Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World

Came across these in a newsletter from the Greenleaf Centre for Servant Leadership (I have a great affinity with Greenleaf’s work on Servant Leadership), and thought they were interesting. I asked Kent for permission to quote on my blog and he was happy for me to share them with a link back to his website.

I love the principle centred approach. To do what is right because it’s worth doing, not being over anxious about what others think.


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.

(c) Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

Please follow and like us:

Please follow & like us :)

Follow by Email

0 comments… add one

Leave a Comment