A shift from “How can I benefit” to “How can I help others”

I want to write a book.  But what shall I write on?

I want to start a business.  But what business shall I do?

These are thoughts and desires that I have felt for some time.  I now believe that they are wrongly-focussed.

Instead, I should be thinking,

How can I help?

Is there an area of knowledge that needs a good explanation, for which I am qualified?

Is there something I can create that will help people?

Rather than focusing on myself, and the benefits I can accrue from writing a book or starting a business, I should be focusing on others, and how I can help them with a book or a business.

Should I write a book, and accrue great benefits, that is nice, but the real focus should be on how it helps others.  Should I start a business and accrue great benefits, that is nice, but the real focus should be on how it helps others.

This is a profound shift in my thinking, I think.

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