Do Not Quit On People

Insights on living a productive and fulfilled life.

We live in a connected world where no one exists or can exist in a vacuum. Let me state it more succinctly, we are interconnected and interdependent on each other. I love to state that we are all in the “humanity” or people business.

The “people” business encompasses everything and everyone. Sadly, in this business, some folks will disappoint, embarrass, disgrace, upset, fail, betray, malign, hurt you. It is to be expected, it is tough and without any doubt or hesitation one of the most challenging component of this business.

The question often asked is, how do I handle that? I discovered something amazing during a similar period in my life. We are going through a difficult period in my organization with people and results when I stumbled upon “The Paradoxical Commandments” and it provided a much needed boost to the team. It isn’t surprising that this article has circled the globe numerous times, been placed on walls, featured in speeches and articles, preached from pulpits, and shared extensively on the web. The Paradoxical Commandment has been referenced by many — parents, motivational speakers, mentors, managers, teachers, and industry leaders in business, military, government, religion, education, non-profit organizations to mention a few. Interestingly, Mother Teresa placed the paradoxical commandments on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta.

The Paradoxical Commandments highlight a simple message in my opinion, the message of perseverance. Uniquely woven to address the typical human events faced by all with insights on how to manage contradictions, people, challenges while also sternly persuading the reader(s) not to lose perspective and quit.

Be encouraged and do not quit on people

The Paradoxical Commandments — 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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