[Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership]
from Becoming a Person of Influence by John C. Maxwell & Jim Dornan
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered — love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motive — do good anyway.
If you’re successful, you’ll win false friends and true enemies — succceed 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.
Post script: I particularly agree with the 6th verse.