Helping Out

I’ll admit it.  I’m a sucker for helping someone out, especially someone interested in driving change.

That willingness to get involved in new situations often presents me with the most interesting opportunities and challenges I never would have found on my own.

Some would say that I’m taking on other people’s drama out of some superficial need to appear helpful.

I’d say instead that I’m allowing myself to go on micro-trips into someone’s perspective on a problem and seeing if, when looking from their vantage point, I can see solutions they can’t yet see.

I find the whole process fascinating.  It’s a bit like having someone hunting for a fugitive in the woods call me in as the tracker.  The tracker will see clues in the dirt that the novice would miss.  That’s what I like to think I’m doing.  Plus, each opportunity to use my “tracking skills” hones my skills all the more.

So, this week I say thank you to all my friends and co-workers who provide me seemingly endless strings of opportunities to help out.  I am truly grateful.

Are you looking for opportunities to help out others in their efforts to drive change?  If not, why not?

See my Opportunities Taken post if you’re looking for ways to find these opportunities in your week.

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