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Thursday: The Contribution Promise

If you make this commitment to yourself it will almost always come back to you, though in ways that never could have been anticipated much less predicted


Each day this week I am writing about that day’s promise from The Self Empowerment Pledge. Thursday’s Promise is Contribution: I will earn the help I need in advance by helping other people now and repay the help I receive by serving others later.

A while back I was helping a friend whose position as a hospitality business executive had been eliminated. I read the quote that’s in the illustration above, and suggested that he spend four days a week working on his own job search but devote one day a week helping someone else who was out of work to find a job.

I lost touch with him until about three years later. He called me from out of the blue to say that he’d just started the job he’d dreamed of having his entire life. Working at Disney World in Orlando.

The person who gave him the job was the man he’d been helping on the one day he’d set aside his own job search to help others.

Whatever you most need in life, the best way for you to get it very often is to help someone else get it who needs it more than you do.

This is a principle that underpins every support group. People with cancer, people with addictions, people who have suffered terrible losses – coming together to help others who need what they need, and often need it even more than they do.

What is it you most need in your life? How can you reach out and help someone else who needs that even more than you do?

Chances are that it will come back to you in ways that you could never anticipate much less predict. But in ways that are probably bigger than you ever could have hoped for. Like my friend who now works at Disney.

You can download both the poster for The Self Empowerment Pledge pictured above and each of the seven individual promises (in either PDF or JPEG format) at this link.

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