How to Succeed Professionally by Helping Others

lead_largeWhen was the last time you helped someone? Yesterday? Last week? Helping others many do more than just make you feel good– it could help you succeed in the workplace.

Adam Grant wrote an article for The Atlantic that demonstrates this idea. “Even if the rewards aren’t immediately apparent,” Grant says, “contributing to the success of others pays off in the long run” (1).

“I report evidence that being a “giver” who enjoys helping others can be inefficient in the short run but surprisingly productive in the long run. Givers tend to start out with lower sales revenue and lower medical school grades. In sales, givers often put their customers’ needs above their own sales targets. In medicine, before big exams, givers are so busy helping their friends study that they fail to fill the holes in their own understanding. Yet after a year in sales, the highest revenue belongs to those same generous people, and by the end of medical school, the top grades belong to the students with the most passion for helping others” (1).

As you go about your week, commit to helping one person. As Grant says, “In the long run, inviting others to help may be critical to sustaining our own sanity. It may also be the best way to facilitate learning and growth” (1).



(1) Grant, A. (2014, March 17). How to Succeed Professionally by Helping Others.The Atlantic. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from