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William Boetcker – mentor – author – The Ten Cannots June 8, 2011

Posted by Michael Clapier in coaching, Mentoring.
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William John Henry Boetcker  was an American religious leader and influential public speaker born in 1873 and died in 1962.

He was an ordained minister who gained attention as an eloquent motivational speaker.  He is best remembered for writing a pamphlet titled “The Ten Cannots” in 1916.  I find them appropriate for today’s thinking and share them with you as they were once shared with me.

  1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich
  6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

Boetcker also spoke of the “Seven National Crimes”:[3]

  • I don’t think.
  • I don’t know.
  • I don’t care.
  • I am too busy.
  • I leave well enough alone.
  • I have no time to read and find out.
  • I am not interested.

May the wisdom of the ages distill upon our souls always.

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