I’ve always said that to be sure that you have learned a lesson, teach someone else, and when they can understand it, you know you’ve learned the lesson. The same can be said about success: to know that you are successful, help someone else, and when it has made an impact on their life, you know that you have reached success. Being successful in life is not determined by the salary you make. The salary you make does not determine your self-worth.
Giving back to your community is important. When the least of us is doing well, we are all doing well. Many think throwing money at a problem solves the problem, but once the money has diminished, the problem will surely return. As the Chinese proverb says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Our duty should not be to only give to our community monetarily, but to teach others in our community to become successful. You may not think you have a tangible talent worth sharing with the world, but the fact that you have made it to this point in your life speaks volumes. There are many in the community who are striving just to get to where you are; however, they may not have the tools, knowledge, or inspiration to get there. You can be the spark they need.
Some think to make an impact you have to reach out externally, but you can start with those closest to you. There may be someone in your family or circle of friends who needs assistance. Once you’ve exhausted your inner circle, you can begin helping organizations—such as your church—that you are affiliated with.
If we can help at least one person and charge them with helping at least one person, we can make a difference.
Enjoy Your Journey
As you embark on your journey, I hope my experiences can help you along the way. If you speak positive energy into your life, positive things will happen. Don’t be afraid of the unknown; set your goals high and reach beyond the stars. The career you desire, the salary you deserve, and financial freedom are just around the corner. Once you’ve reached your goals, remember those who have helped you get there and return the favor to the next person.