The benefit of doing good things
(And money isn’t one of them).
Many people spend a lot of time in the pursuit of material things. They have an idea that a new job, a new car or even a new career will help them be happy. As a result they spend their lives doing the wrong things. Perhaps this post can help.
Success of the Far Side of Fifty is a bit of a one way street.
Because I do all the research, writing and editing each post takes, on average 3 or 4 hours to produce but usually less than 5 minutes for someone to read. I do all the work and other people (most of whom I never meet) get the benefit.
So why do I do it? At present I don’t gain any economic benefit and it does take lots of time. On the surface it looks like a waste of effort.
But what if most people get it wrong? What if the payoff in blogging and in life isn’t money but something much bigger and more valuable?
But let’s look a little deeper.
The benefits of blogging (or doing other good things);
I learn about success.
The secret to great learning is to teach it.
As a result of blogging about success I have literally spent 1000s of hours with the very best information ever written on leadership, health and success. I get to study the research, presentations and experts in the field.
The things I learn transfer over into all aspects of my personal and professional life.
I learn about website and blog design.
Because I do everything myself I have learned all of the technical aspects of website and blog design. While design work is not one of my forte’s I am at least conversant with major aspects of work related to site design and maintenance.
I have learned yet another new set of valuable skills.
Enhanced writing skills.
Over the years I have also enhanced my writing skills and discipline. As of today I have written 4 full length books as well as all of the blog posts. The more I write the better writer I become.
Aside from improved writing I have honed my creativity, my editing and even my thinking. This shows up in my presentations, my coaching and even my day-to-day interactions with other people.
Now to the real payoffs.
My real fuel is the fact that I am making the world a slightly better place for all of us. I freely provide support and education to anyone with a computer.
Somewhere in the world there is a person who needs help and I here to provide it.
While I am certainly no mother Theresa I am, in my own small way, making the world a better place.
Helping other people has proven health benefits to the one doing the giving.
According to THIS article from the Cleveland Clinic benefits of helping other people include;
- Lower blood pressure,
- Increased self-esteem,
- Lower stress,
- Longer life,
- Greater happiness.
Wow, I am lucky to be a blogger, and I guess it is a one-sided relationship after all, but probably not in the way you thought.
Do remember though that in this case blogging is a metaphor for many activities in life. Pursuing your passions and helping other people is simply a no lose situation.
If you really want to start finding your Success on the Far Side of Fifty try looking for ways that you can contribute to the world.
What you gain may be worth much more than money.
If you liked this post check out THIS one called Stop Rushing and Start Living.
If there is anything I can do please leave a comment or shoot me an email.