When Dr. Kent M. Keith wrote “Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments,” he was a college sophomore at Harvard.
In the years since, he’s penned nine books, including “Have Faith Anyway: The Vision of Habakkuk for Our Times” (Jossey-Bass, 2008); “Servant Leadership in the Boardroom: Fulfilling the Public Trust,” (Greenleaf Center, 2011); and “Morality and Morale: A Business Tale,” (Terrace Press, 2012).
Mother Teresa herself responded to the wisdom and challenge of these “commandments” and posted them on the wall of one of her homes for children in Calcutta.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving and count our blessings this year, here are 10 sometimes counterintuitive ideas to keep in mind. — Be Inkandescent
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
About Kent Keith
Dr. Kent M. Keith is a speaker and writer who says his mission is “to help people find personal meaning in a crazy world.” He has been featured on the front page of The New York Times and in People magazine, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Family Circle.
Over the years, Dr. Keith has given more than 1,000 presentations, conference papers, and seminars on a wide variety of topics in the United States and eight countries in Europe and Asia. His current presentations and seminars are focused on servant leadership, the Paradoxical Commandments, finding personal meaning at home and at work, and the positive impact of morality in the workplace.
His book, “Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments,” was published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in April 2002, and became a national bestseller.
Born in New York and raised in Nebraska, California, Virginia, and Rhode Island before arriving in Hawaii in 1962, Keith earned a BA in government from Harvard University, an MA in philosophy and politics from Oxford University, a Certificate in Japanese from Waseda University in Tokyo, a JD from the University of Hawaii, and an EdD from the University of Southern California. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
And click here to learn more about his bestselling book, Do It Anyway.