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Monday Morning Motivation – Unselfish

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement — along with a good cup of coffee! — to start the day.

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


Today in looking through Mr. Ziglar’s list of key traits of those characteristics that are critical in our migration from success to significance, we come to the concept of being unselfish.

In my mind “unselfish” is one of the biggest – if not THE biggest – on his list.  That is because the concept of being unselfish is directly tied to the concept of love.  NO, not the romantic, passionate sort of love!  Rather the sort of love that put another’s needs in front of your own.

A basic tenant of Christianity is that you should love others vis-à-vis putting their needs in front of your own.  This one is SO easily said, but SO DIFFICULT to do!  That’s because, like it or not, we all have a natural tendency to look at what we want versus what others want.  We all are born with a tendency to be selfish.

Doubt that?  Take a look at a newborn and get back to me if you still have doubts!!!

However, imagine what the world might look like if more of us were actually able to achieve this aspirational vison.  If we were able to TRULY put other’s needs in front of our own 100% of the time.  No, it likely will never happen – either in the world as a whole or in our own corner of the world.  However, it is an aspirational vision that holds incredible potential.  And even if we only get 90% of the way there, we are still making massive progress in our journey.

Being unselfish is absolutely essential in our migration from success to significance.  We move to significance as we take the HUGE step to consciously put our focus on others.  As we begin to more naturally focus on being less and less selfish.

Extremely easy to say.  Extremely hard to do!

That brings us to today’s question:

  • What can you do today to do a better job of putting the needs of others in front of your own?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning and I wish you all the best for the week.


(Note:  Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that one person will find a bit of inspiration and that inspiration will have a positive impact on their life.  My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.  For the next several months I’m going to be drawing from Zig Ziglar’s book “Over the Top”.  It’s a great source of inspiration and wisdom and I would be remiss if I didn’t give him credit up front for the motivation)

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At F5 Financial Planning we focus on helping individuals and families find balance between faith, friends and family, fitness and finance.  We make sure that they have the financial freedom to enjoy those things in life that are important to them.  And while we believe the left-brain facts and data are critical; we work with our clients to get them in the right state of mind to focus on the goals they want to achieve.

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Curt Stowers

Curt Stowers

Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.