Why you shouldn’t seek to shine

I’ve been an MDRT member for more than 30 years. During that time, I’ve served on numerous committees and task forces where I got to rub elbows with great leaders. From those experiences, I’ve found that an important part of life is seeking to serve, not to shine.

The desire to shine can cause you to get in your own way. Instead, the key to shining is to enrich the lives of others and put them first. To do this, think about how you can help them reach their goals and aspirations.

When you help others get what they want, you eventually get everything you want. This creates an inner shine that never goes away.

As you start a new year, open your mind and heart to the virtues of humility, kindness and justice. The world desperately needs more of each. And it can use you, too, as you lead others from a mindset of servant leadership.

Thomas Levasseur is a 33-year MDRT member and a Court of the Table member from Dover, New Hampshire, USA.

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