”I believe very much that people should be selfish in the first half of their life, so they can be effectively unselfish in the second half. Being a charity your whole life or trying to be charitable your whole life when you’re still a charity yourself makes a negligible difference. Mother Teresa hugged 100,000 people and some died of malnutrition later because she had nothing to give them. Gates wrote a single check which wiped out malaria for 7 million and then set up the largest charity in history. So it makes you question who should be the saint.” – Walter O’Brien
To me selfishness is in the eye of the beholder. I don’t spend much time thinking about whether or not people think I’m selfish. I don’t have time to worry about it because I’m busy trying to get into a position where I can help my people.
You shouldn’t be focused on saving the entire world. Well, you shouldn’t be focused on saving the whole world without first providing for yourself. How do you save everyone if you yourself also need to be saved?
You’re most beneficial to the world when you’re at your best. Your task is to get yourself to your optimum level. You can do more if you aren’t starving, if you aren’t stressed, when your mind is free from obstructions. Focus on yourself.
Identify who exactly you’re trying to help. For me the people closest to me are my main focus. I’m not going to spend a lot of time focusing on other people because I don’t have the means to help them yet. I am still working on myself.
Don’t worry about how other people will perceive you. It is not your job to please the world. Do what you need to do to reach your goals and get where you need to be. Once you’ve done that give back. Don’t give everything away before you have anything worth giving.