This article about altruism in today’s New York Times Magazine was so interesting, I just had to share it with you.
Now I want to meet this researcher, Adam Grant, who basically says that helping others has made him a successful person. He rarely says “no” to requests and does not expect anything in return. In his experience, his altruism often inspires people to help him out in unforeseen ways.
Here are a few notes about the article that either intrigued me or provoked more questions:
- If you don’t say “no”, can you relax, can you make time for more important relationships in your life, and can you be creative if you are ‘on task’ all the time?
- Who in my network is a giver, matcher, or taker? Which one am I?
- How is it possible that Adam Grant can give of himself so completely to his professional life and still has time for his wife and two young children? This is the paradox for working moms, which would probably be solved if they had a stay-at-home partner as Grant does.
- “The path to success is filled with people helping to clear the way.” So if you help others, chances are, they are likely to be more inclined to help you when you need it.
- Pure altruism, “giving without regard for one’s self-interest” does not exist.
I’d love to hear any thoughts about this topic!