The Paradoxical Commandments

I came across The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith a few years ago and was struck and greatly encouraged by it. The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders.

Also known as The Anyway Challenge – Do It Anyway, it had been adopted by many well-known leaders like Mother Teresa in the past. I felt inspired because many times I felt like I’ve been going against the flow and I just needed some assurance that I’m doing the right thing, and no matter what I feel sometimes, I should just do what I’ve been doing anyway.

The Paradoxical Commandments have touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. I hope that the Paradoxical Commandments will touch your heart too.


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.