I wanted to share something a little different this morning, and definitely not of my own creation. I came across this in John Maxwell’s book Becoming a person of influence.
The Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership:
- 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’re successful, you’ll win false friends and true enemies – succeed anyway.
- The good you do today will perhaps be forgotten tomorrow – do good anyway.
- Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable – be honest and frank anyway.
- The biggest man with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest man with the smallest mind – think big anyway.
- People favor underdogs but follow only hot dogs – fight for the few underdogs anyway.
- What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight – build anyway.
- People really need help but may attack you if you help them – help them anyway.
- Give the world the best that you have and you will get kicked in the teeth – give the world the best that you have anyway.
If better is possible, then good is not enough.
If you want to become a person of influence, keep smiling, sharing, giving, and turning the other cheek. That’s the right way to treat people. Besides, you never know which people in your sphere of influence are going to rise up and make a difference in your life and the lives of others.
Thank you for following THE PROCESS. My hope is that my words are effecting you in some positive way. Small or large. Let’s make the lives of those around us better and the only way to do that is by making ourselves better each and every day.