Inspiration and wealth will come to you if your goal is to help another person solve a problem.
I agree with the inspiration part, the wealth, however, isn’t guaranteed, unless of course you change the definition of wealth to “a wealth of good feelings” or “a wealth of opportunities”. Having said that, it shouldn’t deter you from solving peoples problems.
Well maybe if we’re talking about helping “not-completely-broke” persons the wealth part stands.
Priests, missionaries, and nurses aren’t exactly up to their neck in gold dust.
People tend to have common problems. Much of the wealth stems from having an uncommon solution.
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It’s definitely an ideal.. and I would like to keep on thinking this is the right way of doing it. But actually there are lots of people, agencies and clients out there, expecting exactly this way of thinking. To get solid work cheap and still complain about it.
Too bad all those poor people don’t want to help other people solve problems. Not genuinely, at least. Selfish jerks!
What if the other person’s problem is to like, kill babies without getting caught, or something like that?
That’s hardly an insight, more like something found inside a fortune cookie.
@Pies: I wouldn’t underestimate it. Great businesses are built around solving serious problems. The bigger the problem is the better. Many companies forget about this golden rule focusing too much on being “cool” or on “maximizing profit”.
Pies, maybe. I suppose what struck me is how many of my peers’ goal is to have inspiring jobs or wealth (monetary, intellectual, or emotional).
The trick is to just try to help someone each day (at the basest level). The more you do this the more you’ll get that inspiration and wealth — compounding over years and decades.
“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
- Zig Ziglar
Although I can see how many people find this trite, I’ve got to say I find it very encouraging. It’s always been my goal to help people and I’m starting to think that’s what business is about at it’s most basic level – that and obviously charging a fee for this.
Thanks for a great quote!