This is a concept that was reinforced in the people I interviewed. The most fulfilled are that way because of the difference they make in the lives of others.
They lived for something bigger than themselves, they lived for the benefit of others. They are remembered long after they are gone because of the contributions they made to the world. So do more for others than you do for yourself. Live everyday to benefit others and you will leave a strong legacy behind.
Think for a moment about WHO you most admire. The impact that person has on you and why they come to mind is because of what they do for others. Now think about those who live a life to serve themselves first. Is that how you want to be known and remembered?
So few people live life this way, but those who do are richly rewarded and the most fulfilled. They give unselfishly, finding ways to give, contribute and make ‘good will’ deposits into the world that inevitably come back to them. Your wisdom and wealth is in direct proportion to how generous you are. Always give more than you take and I promise that life will work out fine.
If you haven’t already seen the movie The Visitor by Tom McCarthy, you should. It reinforces this concept. The main character in the movie ‘Walter’, finds genuine fulfilment and happiness in his life when he begins to do more for others. He finds a ‘calling’ that doesn’t serve himself. Even though he has success in life before he meets Tarek & Zainab, he clearly wasn’t happy because everything he was doing was to serve himself, to serve his ego. When you get this important distinction, you get to point I’m trying to get across.