“You can have everything you want in life, if you just help enough people get what they want in life.” – Zig Ziglar 

Many people have it wrong. They feel like in order to get where they want to go in life they need to be ruthless, stepping on whomever may get in their way on their climb to the top. But this thinking is flawed. While some business folks have certainly practiced cut-throat tactics to attain their successes, many more have realized that by being giving of themselves and helping others, they can not only reach their goals, but they will be more fulfilled in the process.

I recently discovered this principle. As a freelance writer, I’m often on my own trying to get gigs and catch the eye of editors. And while I’ve been quite blessed to transition teaching to writing in less than year, what I’ve learned over the past year is that I enjoy giving back. Like, a lot.

I love sharing tips and advice with others, I enjoy helping people find their passions and pursue their dreams, and I get a kick out of every email, tweet, or comment from a reader saying how one of my articles have helped them in some way.

It’s inspiring and it gives me the energy (and will) to do more.

On the path to your dreams, Clutchettes, don’t forget to share your knowledge with others. While you may be afraid to give your competitor an edge, more often than not you’ll realize that others will be just as open, if not more, to help you as well.

Happy Wednesday! 

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  • Melacnholy Soul

    No. How does one help other people when they can barely help themselves? Sure, if one already has something to start with, then they gain more in return by having that person or someone else help them back. But if you have nothing, you will continue to have nothing.

    • Being available to listen to someone share their dreams or aspirations is a way to give back. If someone is pursuing a journalism career, being available to edit their pieces or give advice is a way to give back. If someone is seeking to work in an industry you currently work in and they reach out to you, respond to their questions and provide your knowledge/experience. You have to think outside the box. You don’t have to have 20+ years of experience or a lot of money to give back to others.

    • Melacnholy Soul

      Well, I’ve done that. I’ve listened to people share their dreams/aspirations. I even encouraged a friend to go to college so that she could get a better job. I filed her taxes for her one year so that she could apply for financial aid. I’ve even given other people advice on things based on my experiences. Where has it gotten me? Nowhere and nothing.

  • Britni, I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE these Wise Words! I teach summer school and have been having a hard time getting my students to understand certain concepts about how to be successful in life and why being the BEST you is important. So tomorrow I’m implementing a journaling program using mostly your posts as prompts. Thanks for the inspiration!!!