I’m back in my old routine, up early doing some thinking and reading. Today it’s Robert Schullers, Tough Times don’t last, but Tough People Do. He wrote it during the last recession to remind people of their ability in a time when institutions and industry was fast failing. Inside I found an excerpt. It’s from a 1982 Readers Digest. I loved it and mailed it to a friend who I thought would also love it, but I think it’s worth sharing on this medium as well.
I vibe with this poem because I feel that our humanity is quickly fading in the industry and institution that my generation is quickly joining. I hope we can grow. Growing means our industry and institutions growing as well. Growth is recognizing that man is not his lowest point, but the sum of all his points.
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anywayIf you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motivesDo good anywayIf you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.Succeed anywayHonesty and frankness make you vulnerable.Be honest and frank anyway.The Good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.Do good anywayThe biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by he smallest people with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.Fight for some underdogs anywayWhat you spent years building may be destroyed overnight.Build anywayGive the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
Below the poem Schuller, Pastor of Cathedral Church in CA, continues that “the point of this piece of philosophy is that you should find joy and light in doing God’s will regardless of how people will interpret or accept it. Above all ‘to thine own self be true.’ Prayer is the umbilical cord that allows you-with your embryonic ideas- to draw nourishment from a source that you, like an unborn infant, can neither see nor fully know or comprehend. Prayer is the power that pulls everything together successfully.”
You don’t have to vibe with the Christian identity of this piece, it’s cool. Christianity can be the burden that you need not carry. I hope you will however take this message away:be your best self and be true to yourself. Yes, sometimes all the good that you do won’t be remember but keep going.
I’m back in New York from Delhi. Lets build.