I recently went to the doctor because I was suffering from a minor ailment. Now, before I go any further let me explain something; I don’t like going to the doctor.
Since I raised five children and treated their many different aliments over the years, I believed I could treat myself. So as you can imagine, I was feeling pretty bad to make a doctor’s appointment, before my husband asked me to do so!
This post is the second is a series based on the 7 Day Experiment, intentional living to lead a life of significance. And now, more about the doctor…
As I parked my car, I was not feeling well at all.. I approached the building and a gentleman opened the door for me. I slowly made my way to the elevators. As the door opened, I watched an elderly man gently help his wife into the elevator and hold the door for me.
When I entered the office, the receptionist greeted me warmly. The nurse, who checked my vitals, helped me to the room where I waited for the doctor. As I sat in the doctor’s office waiting, I thought about how helpful everyone had been towards me.
How could a few simple acts of kindness make a terrible day better? Because when we help others, we help ourselves. In his book Winning with People (2004), Maxwell calls it the Boomerang Principle.
No man becomes rich unless he enriches others”
– Andrew Carnegie
As leaders, we are responsible for the people in our organization. However, not everyone believes there is benefit in helping others. To be effective leaders, we must be willing to invest in others. So how do we begin to invest in others?
The following steps from Maxwell will help start the process:
- Think of others first. Think about people you regularly see: friends, coworkers, and neighbors. How could you help that person?
- Take action. Your action doesn’t have to big, elaborate, or expensive, just intentional.
- Focus on the investment, not the return.
People are an appreciating asset only if we are willing to invest in them”
– John Maxwell
President Woodrow Wilson said, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
As a leader, we need to embrace and model the Boomerang Principle and invest in others. When we take time to help someone, we also help ourselves.
How will you help someone today?
Start the 7 Day Experiment and leave a comment below about your Day 2!