One of life’s true gifts is the ability to serve. Having the opportunity to take care of others and work hard to make their lives a little better than what they are experiencing is something that enhances our own lives. Learning to be able to give back to the community rather than always taking prepares us for a level of leadership in life that is unachievable if we believe that serving is below us.
People often think that they have to have a lot of money to give back. How often do we hear people say that they can’t afford to contribute, don’t have the time to participate, or just don’t know what to do? In reality, giving back often doesn’t involve money or large amounts of time. It just involves having the desire to do a little something to make someone’s life a little better.
One of the common themes among many of the true leaders in the world is their innate ability to serve. Along with their own level of success often comes philanthropy, foundations, programs and efforts to do something to give back to the world. True leadership involves recognizing that it isn’t just about your own success, it is also about the success of those around you and the passion for enhancing the world in which we live.
If one lives a life solely focused on themselves and all they things they can get out of the world, without compassion for others, then they aren’t true leaders. They may be leaders of their own on realm, but they never truly touch society in a way that makes a difference. True leaders understand the need for compassion for their fellow human beings. They find a way to balance their success while helping ensure the success of others. If they don’t then true leadership is truly beyond them.
Selfishness is a vice, while compassion is a virtue. Looking out for your own well being is a vice, while service brings about true leadership. Those that learn to balance the two are the true leaders of the world. That doesn’t take large amounts of money or personal possessions. It only takes the willpower and desire to use the innate ability we posses to serve the common good.
Have a great weekend and remember to be the reason someone smiles.
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