These ten principles were first articulated by Kent Keith as a student at Harvard in the 1960s. Since then, unbeknownst to him, they were quoted, circulated, and appropriated by countless people around the world and back again. They even served as a source of inspiration for Mother Teresa. Now, here are his commandments, the philosophy behind them, and the stories that bring them to life. The first five 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.
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.
Dr. Kent Keith published the Paradoxical Commandments as part of a book he wrote for student leaders in the 1960s when he was an undergraduate at Harvard. These maxims for finding meaning in the face of adversity took on a life of their own, making their way into countless speeches, advice columns, books, institutions, and homes around the world. They were even found on the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta. They became the basis of Keith's bestselling book Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments. Do It Anyway expands on the vision behind the Paradoxical Commandments. It includes forty stories of people who live the commandments each day and gives you the examples, tools, and encouragement to find personal meaning and deep happiness, no matter who you are or what your circumstances, even when times are tough.
The author of Anyway delivers an inspirational new volume. Kent M. Keith first articulated the ten timeless principles as a college student in the 1960s, and put them in the classic book Anyway. His modern credo for finding personal meaning in the face of adversity became a sensation and has been quoted for decades. Now, the author presents an important and inspiring new book illustrating the paradoxical commandments through Bible stories and verses. In Jesus Did It Anyway, Keith draws from the Old and New Testaments to demonstrate how the paradoxical commandments are grounded in Scripture and the Christian faith. Inspiring stories illuminate the paradoxical commandments by examining how Jesus and other biblical figures lived their faith against tremendous adversity-but always knew they were divinely blessed. In this enlightening book, Keith reveals how answering Jesus's call to live a paradoxical life can lead to the deepest personal meaning and spiritual fulfillment.