The Key to Success: Tirelessly Helping Others

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!

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3 Responses to The Key to Success: Tirelessly Helping Others

  1. Karen says:

    This was a great article! I’m so glad you brought it to my attention. I have passed it on to several others, including my son, who’s taking an Organizational Psychology class this year. I do think it’s important to say no sometimes and to set healthy boundaries. However, in my experience, making the time to help others is what brings joy and meaning to life. Some say that every choice we make is based on either fear or love (or some combination of those two emotions). Perhaps Takers operate more from fear, and Givers from love (or a lack of fear)?

  2. Pingback: Should I be a Giver, or a Taker to Have the Best Chance of Success?

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