It is a beautiful thing to create, to produce, to go out there in the world and make a contribution.
When you help others, it’ll come back to you. It’ll help you, in the long run. That’s not the only reason to help others, but it’s a nice side benefit. For example: when you help your readers, they will keep coming back. They’ll share it with friends because they want to help their friends. They will share it on their blogs or on Twitter, because it’ll help their readers too. They’ll bookmark it on delicious, because it’s so useful they’ll need it later. Helping your readers to achieve their goals will help you achieve other goals … but you have to ask yourself how you can help them first.
But it is just as important, if not more so, that we help others to do the same — that we teach others to create and produce, that we encourage them, that we support them and help them to succeed.
Why? Why not just worry about our own creations and productions? What’s so important about helping others to succeed?
If you think of your work as a contribution to the world — great or small — then you can say you’ve made X amount of difference in making this world a better place.
But if you help 5 or 10 people make their contributions, you can say you’ve made perhaps 5x or 10x the amount of difference in making this world a better place. You multiply your contribution.
And if, in doing so, you teach others to help still other people create and produce and make contributions, you’ve just added an exponent to your contribution … X squared, X to the power of 3 or 10 or whatever the number might be. OK, I’m not great at math, but you can see the point: the amount of difference made in this world not only multiplies, but keeps on multiplying beyond and back to you.