82. Help a person who needs help.

QUOTE: 82. Help a person who needs help. Don’t wait to be asked. Pick someone who is struggling and offer to help.

But don’t just say, “Is there some way I can help you?” Be specific: Offer to help with a specific task, or to take over a task for a few days, or to work side by side.

A general offer is easy to brush aside. A specific offer not only shows you want to help, it also shows you care.

Help a person who doesn’t seem to need help. Think about it: Compared with others, the best-performing people don’t need help. So they rarely get help. And as a result, they’re often lonely, at least in a professional sense.

So offer to help with a specific task. Not only will you build a nice interpersonal bridge, but some of their better skills or qualities might rub off on you as well.  [1]

REFLECTION

APPLICATION:
How does this proverb apply to my personal life?
How does this proverb apply to my professional life?
How does this proverb apply to my pastoral work?
How does this proverb apply to my relationship with and my understanding of God?

OTHER FLAVORS OF THIS CONCEPT:

SOURCES:
Productivity 101 is part of the Listicles Project – an attempt to bring into focus the archetypes of wisdom, the ideas about a topic which occur again and again in a conversation about a topic. The question is this: if we combined all the listicles written on a topic into one giant list, what discrete elements would be present? Each instance of a generic proverb will have a context and flavor contributed by the current author, which add value to the underlying archetypical proverb. I believe that there is a Generic Common Sense or Generic Common Wisdom; I’m hoping to bring it into focus.

[1] This blog post originates with an element from Jeff Haden’s excellent article, “90 Smart Ways to Radically Boost Your Productivity: An epic list of ways to increase your personal productivity and be a lot more successful.” It was published on Inc.com on 1/9/2017. As it is so comprehensive, it’s an excellent starting place to identify and combine proverbs of generic common wisdom.
https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/first-90-days-90-ways-to-boost-your-productivity.html
As the initial proverb may be altered, here is the original quote: 82. Help a person who needs help. Don’t wait to be asked. Pick someone who is struggling and offer to help.

But don’t just say, “Is there some way I can help you?” Be specific: Offer to help with a specific task, or to take over a task for a few days, or to work side by side.

A general offer is easy to brush aside. A specific offer not only shows you want to help, it also shows you care.

Help a person who doesn’t seem to need help. Think about it: Compared with others, the best-performing people don’t need help. So they rarely get help. And as a result, they’re often lonely, at least in a professional sense.

So offer to help with a specific task. Not only will you build a nice interpersonal bridge, but some of their better skills or qualities might rub off on you as well.

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