There is always room at the top for anyone who is willing to say, “I’ll serve,” and mean it.
Zig Ziglar once said, “You’ll always have everything in life you want if you’ll help enough other people get what they want.” Early on in my career as a salesperson this concept made sense to succeed. The more I could help people, the more I could sell them. Yet, when I made a conscious decision to incorporate that concept into my personal quest today, it has made a tremendous difference. It gives me strength to start, endure and obtain my goals no matter how daunting they are. In fact, none of this website or the activism I am involved in would exist without my personal zeal to give back and serve while I make a difference.
True leadership always begins with servant-hood. We should serve those whom we lead. Be willing to serve without trying to reap the benefits. Before looking for a way to get, look at a way to give.
If you are only looking out for yourself, look out! Wesley Huber said, “There is nothing quite so dead as a self-centered man – a man who holds himself up as a self-made success, and measures himself by himself and is pleased with the result.” The man who believes in nothing but himself lives in a very small world. The best way to be happy is to forget yourself and focus on other people. Henry Courtney said, “The bigger a man’s head gets, the easier it is to fill his shoes.”
Selfishness always ends in self-destruction. Benjamin Franklin said, “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”
Being a servant is not always the most natural thing to do. We are all conditioned to think about ourselves. That is why 97 percent of all people will write their own names when they are offered a new pen to try. Despite our tendency toward self-promotion, it is always true more is accomplished when nobody cares who gets the credit.
The old saying is true, “The way to the throne room is through the servants’ quarters.” One of the most powerful decisions you can make in your life is to do something for someone who does not have the power or resources to return the favor.
When you give of yourself to help other people, you cannot help but be abundantly rewarded. No one is truly a success in life until he or she has learned how to serve.