|Helping Others Will Do You Lots of Good|
|| Vijai P. Sharma, Ph.D
was once asked "Why are we here (on this
planet)?" He answered,
As much of a scientific genius as Einstein was, I also respect him as a philosopher who constantly reflected on the meaning and purpose of life with equal ease and brilliance . Indeed, helping others can be a very powerful drive.
The great achievers change the world they live in because they never cease to care about the people around them. The desire to help others can become a motivator even more powerful than the one that is driven by the self serving desire.
Emotions are the fuel of the motors of our creative and innovative thinking . Emotions which are directed by the interests for others can gain a force and an intelligence which is greater than the person himself. People, who can hold these emotions in their heart for a long time and keep working hard for the desired objective, acquire personal success, even material successes, they never imagined.
The story of Alexander Graham Bell is a story of
inventions driven by the desire to
Bell worked hard year after year because he wanted to help people get through to one another. The thought that some people have to remain isolated from others by their misfortune of deafness became intolerable for him and to remove this barrier became his obsession. Bell once said, "All the hope of the world and desire for fame will never make one an inventor. . . . You may give him wealth or you may take away from him all that he has, and he will go on inventing. "
Necessity is the mother of invention and for some people the need of others becomes their necessity. In that they feel their life has fulfilled a purpose. Bell spent his life constantly searching, creating and inventing devices and equipment that would help the people in his world. At one time he said, "Certainly no man can have a higher incentive to renewed exertion than the hope of relieving suffering and saving lives. "
The story of his entire creative and productive life has a thread of an altruistic motive. He transformed his fear for and the desire to help others into the drive for creativity and invention which translated in to a formidable array of achievements.
Taking a contemporary example, in England, Morris, who
has been a hairdresser for
There are many examples of entrepreneurs,
industrialists, and the stars of the business
The "other-centeredness" as differed from
"self centeredness" has direct and immediate
benefit for relationships with people around you. To test
its merit, you can do a little experiment. Make it as
your goal that every day, for 6 months, you will help
every one you can. You will take realistically whatever
opportunity you have to help others around you, be kind
to them, pay them a genuine compliment, respect them, and
say something helpful, if appropriate. Every day, before
going to bed, evaluate yourself on a scale of 0 to 10,
"How helpful was I today to others?" Will your
relationships with people around you change, if you work
on this experiment everyday? You bet!
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