Ever since Glentel Inc.’s CEO Thomas Skidmore read this poem during his speech as he accepted the award for the Burnaby Business Excellence Awards Hall of Fame for 2009, it has become a guiding light during my periods of uncertainty and fear. It is a simple poem with a simple message, and quite possibly where Nike gained the inspiration for their powerful tagline: Just Do It. From a business perspective, Mother Teresa’s poem inspires and motivates one to pay it forward, no matter if there is no personal gain. It touches on morals and ethics, which is what all business decisions should revolve around. I hope this message inspires and motivates you in all that you do in life.
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
~ Mother Teresa