Help Somebody Today

The Life You Inspire May Be Your Own We're supposed to help each other in this life.

A lot of my clients aspire to be more inspirational as leaders... that's an aspiration I know a lot about, which is probably what draws these clients to me, and it's one I firmly support. Whether you own your own business, or work as a leader in an organization, being able to help inspire the best in your teammates is a great tool to have at your disposal.

The ability to inspire others starts by being inspired yourself. If you are a sad-sack who sees no great passion in life and daily work, you'll never be a particularly inspirational leader. So find a way to turn on your own lights, and keep them lit, and you'll have great potential as an inspirational leader.

That brings me back to the notion of helping each other. Some of the most inspirational leaders do not carry around an inflated sense of themselves - rather, they're humble people who sincerely like to help others. I've seen good CEOs hold the door for rank-and-file employees, and I've seen managers make themselves emergency babysitters for their underlings' kids. Sure, there are arrogant folks out there who'd never do those things, and there are plenty more who are simply too self-absorbed for the idea to ever occur to them. But the great leaders who serve and help others do it because they cannot do otherwise... and because it inspires not only the receiver of the assistance, but especially the giver herself.

Try every day to find something you can do to help another person. You might be in a customer-service position, and might therefore help people all day long... how often do you truly go the extra mile for your customers, without expecting anything in return? You might not be able to give every customer that kind of effort - we're all human - but you can spot the ones who really need extra help, and you can be the person who truly helps them.

If you're a salesman, some potential customer will walk into the shop or ring the telephone today who really needs help. The best salespeople always embody the attitude that they're there not to sell, but to help customers buy... again, if you can't have that approach with every "lead," try to be generous with your time and energy where it's most needed. I know I'm guilty at times of not maximizing my productivity, spending "too much" time and energy with some prospects who just really need to talk and from whom I will never make a dime. But it's not like I get nothing out of those conversations. If talking to me truly helps my potential client, I know I'll draw inspiration from our time together, and we're both helped.

Times are tough, and experts say it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better. You might not be able to make the charitable donations, for example, that you used to make. Don't let that keep you from having the generosity of spirit (and gaining the inspiration) that used to motivate those contributions. We need to help each other... and we need to get used to doing more and more of that as times get tougher.

We'll make it through to better times - much better times - and it'll be that spirit of generosity and helpfulness that gets us over the goal line.


Michael Hume is a speaker, writer, and consultant specializing in helping people maximize their potential and enjoy inspiring lives. As Founding Consultant of Agents of Personal Change (APC), LLC, he coaches executives and leaders in growing their personal sense of well-being through wealth creation and management, along with personal vitality. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to make money "one less thing to worry about" can learn more about working with Michael...

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