“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Service is the highest form of self-expression” read the title of an editorial in Times of India by Janina Gomes and it got me thinking about service.
I realized that the only way to grow yourself, your teams, your organization is to think about what you have to offer from a service perspective. Who and what do you serve? You can directly serve others or serve a cause that enriches others. We all know about great examples of servant leaders from Gandhi to Mandela. But what about Steve Jobs? I like to think that he devoted his life serving the cause of simplifying technology and design.
But why is service the highest form of self-expression, you may ask?
Because mindset of service subdues the ego and real self-expression (and also learning) cannot happen when you wear a mask of your ego. And the truth is, real service is not about you, it is about purpose and people. And when you think about purpose and receivers of your service, YOU become the medium and not the source. Ego and entitlement must take a back seat if you are truly set out to serve others and when that happens, the whole foundation of your engagement with the cause is transformed.
Gandhi famously said,
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others.”
It doesn’t matter if you are an artist, employee, a team member, a leader or an entrepreneur – you are paid to serve something or someone. Breaking the cocoon of your limited beliefs and thinking about who/what you serve is also a powerful way to also discover your unique purpose.
Here is a quick doodle to encapsulate this wonderful thought!
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