Saturday, March 30, 2013

The value of helping others

A popular professor and researcher at Wharton college, Adam Grant, has discovered that doing nice things for others can dramatically improve one's own motivation to work hard which in turn may improve one's standing in life.  He notes: The greatest untapped source of motivation.... is a sense of service to others; focusing on the contribution of our work to other peoples’ lives has the potential to make us more productive than thinking about helping ourselves.

It also turns out that when we help others these same people are then much more inclined to want to help us too. You can read about this and watch a demonstration video from the New York Times website, Is giving the secret to getting ahead?

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it."   William James

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