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My name is Raccoon to my friends, or Jesse for boring people. This is my current account on LiveJournal.

I'm a male in my late 20s. I am quiet and contemplative, but I enjoy having lively conversations with my friends. I tend to be kind, even toward people who don't deserve it--I think most people are bitter because everyone around them is bitter.

One of the big themes of my current life is finding out how to stay happy in sub-optimal situations, and stick to my ideals in crapsack world. I won't allow life, in all of its potential awesomeness, to flow by while I sleepwalk through it.


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.

"The Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership," Kent M. Keith
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