Mother Teresa…

Your critics are not your problem. Mother Teresa built a community whose work was to give dignity to those dying. Her home, The Missionaries of Charity, ran a place of refuge for the poorest of the poor. Mother Teresa and her Sisters lived in squalor alongside those they served. And, she had critics. Lots of them.

Build your CORE. Author your OPUS. Expect sabotage and struggle. Stand, anyway. In fact, when you turn to the last, white page of content in the 12 Essentials playbook you’ll notice the entire piece is a Mother Teresa classic from her home in Calcutta.

“People are unreasonable, illogical, 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 win false friends and true enemies,

Succeed, anyway.

The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,

Do good, anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,

Be honest and frank, anyway.

What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,

Build, anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you 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’ve got, anyway.”

Mother Teresa knew a thing about critics. She had them. You will too. Your critics are not your problem. If you find yourself getting off track and distracted by your dissenters, get busy clarifying your opus and strenghtening your core. A weak core and an unclear opus is a problem. Build both, my friend. Never stop.

Get after your OPUS and live in alignment with your CORE, anyway…

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