“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.”
—Raymond Hull, Canadian Playwright and Lecturer
In the best selling book, Give and Take by University of Pennsylvania professor, Adam Grant, we learn the pros and cons of being a “giver.”
Grant divides givers into two groups:
The first group have high other-interest and low self-interest. This can work against their giving nature; they burn out, or as put in today’s quote, whittle themselves away.
Conversely, the group Grant calls “other-ish,” maintain high self-interest along with high other-interest. This keeps them on an even keel and provides optimal results for themselves and others.
How can you more fully maintain your own self-interest and well-being while generously contributing to others in your professional and personal worlds?