“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are asking, “What’s in it for me?” ” – Brian Tracy
I have always been a big fan of Brian Tracy’s books and trainings and I had come across that quote when I was still fairly young in business and it really helped me to realize that I never wanted to fall into the trap of worrying about “what’s in it for me.” I tried instead to focus my thinking in business on what I could do for others because I believed that would, in turn, help me to succeed. And that ended up being exactly right. The more I focused on what I could do for others, whether it was focusing on helping my clients to be successful, or focusing on helping my employees to be successful…I always found that the more I looked for opportunities to help others to succeed, the more successful I myself became.
“In life, you get what you put in. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life.” -Marcandangel
It may sound counterintuitive to some to focus on others instead of yourself when you are trying to get ahead in life, but trust me when I tell you that it totally works. It works in terms of gaining monetary success and it works in terms of finding success in every other area of life as well.
“All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” – Danny Thomas
Today don’t ask “What’s in it for me?” and instead try focusing your attention on what you can do for others. Have a fantastic day everyone!
~Amy Rees Anderson