I spent many years viewing life through a flawed belief system. One of the faulty views I lived by was that life is a competition and that I need to get as much as I could for myself.
This turned out to be a lonely, miserable way to live, no matter what I was able to acquire.
I falsely believed that in life there are only a few real winners and the rest, well… were losers.
I have no idea when I came to the conclusion that there was only so much success to go around, but it was at a pretty young age. It has taken me years to realize that there is always plenty to go around! Success is infinite and has no quota, and success is not defined financially or through social validation.
It was a real lightbulb moment for me when I realized that helping others to succeed ultimately helped me, and didn’t hurt my own strive for success.
Martial arts helped me learn that important lesson. Jiu-Jitsu, in particular, is a sport that you cannot practice alone. You must learn by doing, with the help and patience of others. Many people took their own time to work with me and help me grow when I was just a newbie. I, in turn, pass that along by working with other newbies. The feeling I get when I watch others reach their goals and grow their skills is actually far better than some solitary success.
What is your skill? Everyone has something they are good at. We are each gifted in different areas and we all have invested our own time over the years working toward something. I challenge you to take your skill and invest back in the people around you who could benefit from your success.
Our contribution to society can be far greater than a number in a bank account or an exciting biography page on Wikipedia. Those that we help, will, in turn, be more likely to do the same for others in the future. You can become the starting point for a big cycle of “pay it forward.” Your investment in one person could affect thousands down the road.