Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; SUCCEED ANYWAY The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Mother Teresa did not write the words, though; that honor goes to a man named Kent M. Keith… This version includes eight of the original ten Paradoxical Commandments. anyway. There was no author listed, but at the bottom of the page, it said: "From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children's home in Calcutta. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. That is the point of the Paradoxical Commandments as well—we find meaning when we love and help people, no matter who they may be, or how difficult they may be. Love people anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. “Do it Anyway” – Inspirational Poem of Mother Teresa/Kent M. Keith The below inspirational poem is generally known as “Do it Anyway” poem of Mother Teresa. from the University of Hawaii, and an Ed. He was interviewed by Katie Couric on the NBC Today Show and by Dr. Schuller on The Hour of Power. Kent M. Keith was born in New York and studied at Harvard, Oxford University, Waseda University in Tokyo, the University of Hawaii and the University of Southern California. And you'll get kicked in the teeth, Love them anyway. Be honest and frank anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Here are Dr. Kent Keith’s Paradoxical Commandments. Build anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. A related version is engraved on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta. According to Lucinda Vardey, in Mother Teresa: A Simple Path (New York: Ballantine Books, 1995), page 185, there was "a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children's home in Calcutta." Be happy anyway. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Dr. Kent M. Keith is a dynamic speaker and writer whose mission is to help people find personal meaning in a crazy world. Whatever the reason, it had a huge impact on me. People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. Be kind anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; We can't give up on them or ignore them or write them off. and some true enemies; These ten principles were first articulated by Kent Keith as a student at Harvard in the 1960s. His book, Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments was published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in April 2002, and became a national bestseller. It was never between you and them anyway. you win false friends and true enemies, Dr. Keith has been an attorney, a state government official, a high tech park developer, president of a private university, graduate school lecturer, community organizer, and YMCA executive. People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered, It was never between you and them anyway. Do good anyway. The statement that "it was never between you and them anyway" seems to justify giving up on, or ignoring, or discounting other people. ...ANYWAY. Here are Kent Keith's comments on this version: Of course, this is not the original version, nor the version that was on Mother Teresa's wall, although it is sometimes attributed to her. Forgive them anyway. BUILD ANYWAY That was when I decided to speak and write about the Paradoxical Commandments again, thirty years after I first wrote them.". Two years ago, I posted a poem that appears at the end of a movie about actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr. 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. Succeed anyway. Keith writes that Mother Teresa posted a version of the poem on the wall of a children’s home in Calcutta, this was mentioned in a book about her, and the rest is … He is a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently President of Pacific Rim Christian University in Honolulu. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He is a Rhodes Scholar. This is what Dr. Schuller was shown: ANYWAY