People want to be successful. So they ask themselves, “Am I any good?”
In a world where talent gets an increasingly large slice of the pie, this is a fair question.
Though maybe a better question is, “Am I helpful?”
It doesn’t matter how good you are, if your efforts aren’t actually helping to move people’s lives in the right direction.
Because that is what they’ll notice, what they’ll feel at the visceral level, regardless of how talented you are.
And the best thing is, knowing this makes life easier. Because asking the question, “Is this helpful” informs every decision you make in a simple and positive way.
Our friend, Edgar Schein – the man who basically invented the idea of Organizational Culture, wrote a wonderful book on helping called, simply “Helping” – a simple idea beautifully explained by a master.
Not to mention, it makes people like you, which is a huge part of living successfully.