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How to Exercise Selflessness - Leading in Your Twenties Series

Selfishness or Selflessness - practice makes perfect!

On our best days, most people will look in the mirror and realize they did something selfish that day. Selfishness is part of our human nature. Beyond that, selfishness becomes more and more ingrained in our character as the years go on. Why? Because practice makes perfect!

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of 12 blogs written directly to the Twenty-Somethings. This is about you and your future. As you read these blogs, please share them with other people who want ideas on how to lead now and how to develop the Twenty-Something Leaders of our future.

Each time we choose to be selfish, it makes it easier to be selfish again. You may think of yourself as a selfless person, but do your choices show you to be something else? Do you:

  • Expect something in return after you help a friend?

  • Walk past a need because it would be inconvenient to stop?

  • Wait for others to volunteer for the tough jobs?

  • Ask yourself, "How will this help me?" before you decide on taking action?

Selfishness and Selflessness in Your Twenties