When I first picked up this book at my local library, I was surprised by how short it was . . . only a little over 100 pages! I thought “okay, I guess this will be a quick read!” As soon as I started reading I realized that this is one of those books that can either be a quick read or something that you choose to digest in pieces so you can also take time to reflect. For me, it was a little bit of both. This book is simple yet powerful. I found that even though I already strive to live by these principles, I struggle to remind myself of them on a daily basis, as I’m sure many people do. I found reading these 10 principles along with the short stories that served as examples to be very satisfying. This is a book I could pick up again and again just as a quick refresher or pick me up.
Here are the 10 Paradoxical Commandments. Powerful, right?
1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
3. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
6. 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.
7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.