What It Means to Be of Service to Others

Episode #30

Sitting at the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is self-actualization. Maslow describes this level as the desire to reach our full potential — to do everything we can, to become the most we can be.

One way we may perceive this need is to have a strong desire to use our full powers in the service of others. Unfortunately, the reality for many people is that service is just another vehicle to make themselves feel good, not unlike the way buying a new car or a new smartphone can make you feel good. 

In the age of social media, it’s really trendy to talk about wanting to serve others or to reframe things that we do as being of service. So, in today’s episode, Dylan gets down to the nitty-gritty of service. What are the ways we may reframe our desires as being of service to others? Why do we, as a culture, have an issue with service? And how do we actually be of service to others?

Show Highlights

  • [03:43] The two sides of wanting to serve others
  • [12:47] Why we generally have an issue with service
  • [15:46] Why broke people can’t be of service to anyone
  • [19:03] Why you can’t be of service to others if you’re stressed
  • [21:26] On setting yourself on fire to keep others warm
  • [23:54] How you can start being of service to others

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