I am an absolute believer in the idea that, being successful comes down to helping OTHERS be successful and reach their goals. This isn’t a new idea by any means, but at the root of it, some of the most successful and impactful people in the world have that at their core.
Like anything in life, this requires balance. You can’t take this idea to the extreme. You have to make sure you still take care of yourself. By focusing on your improvement you increase your ability to help others and by helping others, you increase your potential for success.
Finding balance is key.
A non-profit that doesn’t bring in money, can’t help for very long. They’ll be stretched thin and unable to make an impact. By focusing on ways to generate money, the organization can become sustainable and grow to help more people. You have to have money to give it.
A parent that gives selflessly and continuously to their children, can’t continue on in the long game at their highest ability. If mental, emotional, and physical well-being of the parent is ignored, they will break down. Energy levels will drop. They will become stressed and irritable, possibly even depressed. They will have a shorter fuse and less focus to give to their truest potential. By focusing on staying healthy, taking time for themselves mentally, working out, being slightly selfish every now and again, they can more effectively care for their loved ones… and longer!
An instructor or teacher, that focuses so much time on giving and teaching, and no time on training and learning, will become stagnant. Their potential for knowledge is capped, thus they directly cap the potential of their students. By spending time to get research and improve themselves, they raise the potential of their students to do the same.
In the end, keep this simple lesson in mind. Help others reach their goals and be successful, but remember, if you don’t care for yourself, you can’t fully care for them.