Daily Archives: January 10, 2012

Get By With a Little Help

There’s a lot of research out there demonstrating why we get a kick out of helping others. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’ve heard all about it: It’s good for your physical and mental health, it lengthens your life span, yada, yada, yada.

But honestly, don’t you also enjoy having good deeds done unto you? Isn’t it rather pleasing when another person shovels your snow, sends you a client referral, brings you cake?

Mike Myatt, executive coach, gives some great tips for attracting help from other people in his Forbes column about the myth of the self-made man. He claims that no one succeeds without the support of others. (Side note to Mike: Come on, self-made women can be just as nonexistent as self-made men. Equal opportunity.)

Mike’s focus is on success in business. But his tips for drawing good deeds from others can work whether or not you’re on the job. They may be simple (“don’t be a jerk” tops the list), but they’re worth reiterating. Click here to read the full article.

Bottom line: It’s lovely to lend a hand to others, but it’s also a gas to have a hand held out to you. Either way, “don’t be a jerk” is just plain good advice.