by Niall Doherty

I’m blatantly stealing this concept from Nathan Barry’s blog

You are much more likely to get help if you are already demonstrating that you are actively helping yourself.

Very simple, but not many people go to the trouble of helping themselves. It’s far more tempting to just put the burden on someone else to solve our problems.

Recently I went through the process of hiring a personal assistant. A handful of applicants focused more on what I could do for them than what they could do for me. Sorry, no chance. Meanwhile, several applicants proved incredibly proactive. They were doers, making things happen, helping themselves, and if I could I would have hired them all.

Two takeaways:

  1. Assuming you can’t help everyone, give priority to those who will benefit the most from your leg up; those who are likely to get the best return on your investment.
  2. Be one of those people yourself. Be proactive, take chances, help yourself. Others will take notice and offer assistance.

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