Posts Tagged ‘competence’

GiveHelpBI don’t know about you, but this certainly makes my head spin!

Before we set out on our little quest to untangle this, lets start by stating a core truth of life. Everyone needs help. [If you feel you do not belong to this category, try living 1 day of your life without using the bridges (built by others), electricity (discovered by others), food (grown in farms by others)… you get the drift].

What I just said is so fundamental, it is worth repeating again. Everyone needs help. Now, lets begin to untangle the first part of the title of this post…

    “Help yourself… by helping others”.

Given that everyone needs help, so do you. The question then becomes: How do you get good help? The answer lies, ironically, in the question: “How good of a help can you provide others?” This is indeed, quite logical as the better help you can provide others with, the more they will be willing to help you, in return. Pick your favorite leader or entrepreneur and read their autobiography (or biography); you’ll find many stories of how much help they gave and got back.

Time to untangle the final portion, now…

    “helping others … by helping yourself, first”

This simply means that before you provide good help to others, you must increase your own capacity to help. In other words, you need to help yourself first by investing in your education, your skills and your knowledge. Once you are an expert in your field of work, you can help others… and once you help others, some of them will help you back! Lets go back to thinking about your favorite leader or entrepreneur… and you’ll notice that they would have been always working to learn more, gain more knowledge and increase their competence in what they do… so that they have the capacity to help others.

That’s how you get good help… by helping others… but, start with helping yourself, first!

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