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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.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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This book truly gave me personal freedom at a time when i was starting to consider a more cynical approach to life. I think the issue of appreciation is a big one. Many of us feel that we are being taken for granted. The people involved in our lives dont appreciate us, so why should we give them our best. This book taught me that it doesnt matter whether or not anybody knows or appreciates what we do - we still have to do whats right. We still have to be the best we can be. This is about us, not them. This is about how much we care, not about how much they care. This book is very easy to read and doesnt waffle on - it has made such an enormous difference to me personally and to my relationships with others.
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