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Unselfish Thinking

Uncategorized May 29, 2020
These are some thoughts on John Maxwell's book on How Successful People Think:

Unselfish Thinking is the understanding that you cannot experience true significance without finding a way to give the value of your thoughts to others.

How does it work?

Unselfish Thinking adds value, which means it’s a mindset to do whatever you can for someone that they simply cannot do for themselves. This can look like a myriad of things because what you have to offer to others is unique to you.

Unselfish Thinking in action:

In May of 2019, billionaire investor Robert F. Smith added value to a group of graduating college students that they never could have done for themselves. Smith gave the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

As one of the richest black men in America, he served as a prime example of how education and work ethic help us succeed.

During the address, Smith surprised the graduating class and faculty by announcing that he intended to completely pay off the cumulative debt all 396 students, so they could begin their lives outside of college without the tremendous financial burden of educational loans.

There was no incentive for Smith to make this contribution. The act rose out of a sincere belief in the value of education and his unique ability to serve those young men in a way that almost no one else could. His only charge to those graduates was to look for their own way to pay it forward.

That is the power of Unselfish Thinking.

Do it now:

Look for one way to add value to one person every day.

Wise words on Unselfish Thinking:
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has a cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer


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