I have not posted in a while, since I have been inundated with medical school applications. I just submitted my last one today! Anyhow hearing the Robin Sharma quote above and volunteering at St. Paul’s hospital today inspired me to write a post.
In our age, the notion of leadership is completely distorted. A leader is NOT the loudest person who is frantically ordering everyone around. Leaders come in many forms. Yet all leaders share a dedication to service and contributing value to others.
Every Thursday I visit patients in the wards at Saint Paul’s Hospital. Having the opportunity to serve those who need help the most is truly rewarding. Reflecting on today’s shift made me think of the quote above. It is truly remarkable the impact one can have when you can put your ego to the side and be willing to serve and add value to others’ lives in any way possible.
Serving others to become the best leader you can be will not only drastically improve others’ lives but also yours. The research in the field of positive psychology clearly demonstrates that random acts of kindness are one of the best ways to increase your own happiness (If you are interested in learning more about this burgeoning field check out The Happiness Advantage).
So how can you begin implementing this wisdom in you life? I highly recommend that you being volunteering. It will not only make you happier but also give you the best chance of reaching your dreams.
On the other hand, if you absolutely can not carve out time to volunteer that is okay. Volunteering is great, but it is of secondary importance. What is most important is a permanent shift in your mindset The vast majority of people are much too concerned with themselves. That is why depression and stress related diseases are on the rise. When one is obsessing over themselves everything seems gloomy and a pressing problem.
When you change your focus to how you can serve, the world suddenly seems ripe with opportunity. So if you are unable to volunteer then focus on doing whatever you can to brighten someone else’s day. Maybe hold the door for that person behind you. Pay the toll for the person behind you. Smile at that stranger who seems down. The possibilities are endless.
Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,
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