The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

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.
Succeed anyway.

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.
Build anyway.

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.


From the book my Mom & Dad read to me as a child...

Oh, The Places You'll Go
Dr. Seuss


Today is your day.
 You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
 You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy
 who’ll decide where to go.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Success is a combination of many things,
but a good character is the foundation
of the kind of success that will bring you real happiness.

Choose your friends wisely-they will make or break you.

J. Willard Marriott


"I can say without hesitation, because of Scouting principles, I know I was a better athlete, I was a better naval officer, I was a better Congressman, and I was a better prepared President."

President Gerald R. Ford

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. "

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.

He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

In the end, leaders are much like eagles… they don’t flock, you find them one at a time.

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.

Dale Carnegie

Two roads diverged in a wood,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

Bill Cosby

Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave..

Mary Tyler Moore

“As a Scout, I learned how to set goals and achieve them. Being a Scout also taught me leadership at a young age when there are few opportunities to be a leader. Scouting values have remained with me throughout my life, in my business career and now as I take on new challenges.”

Steve Fossett

“If you want to reach a goal, you must "see the reaching" in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”

Zig Ziglar

“Where there is love there is life.”


Mohandas Gandhi

“Be Bold and Courageous! When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”

Paul Valery

"It has to start somewhere, It has to start sometime. What better place than here, What better time than now!"

Rage Against The Machine

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

Dr. Suess

“The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.”

Sir Robert Baden-Powell

 "Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren't bad people; they're just acquaintances."

Jay Leno

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.

Ansel Adams