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Help Yourself Help the World

This article originally appeared on The Feast Blog.

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I’ve learned a lot of important lessons since starting my career but one lesson has stood out above all:

In order to have a huge impact and truly help others, you must first help yourself.

It can feel weird to think that way, about helping yourself first. It feels selfish.

And there are people throughout history who have made great sacrifices to their well-being in order to help others on a grand scale.

If you find yourself in a specific situation where you must make a sacrifice, then you have that option.

But often, by not taking care of yourself, you aren’t just hurting yourself.

Thing is, you can have the best intentions in the world, but if you you’re in a bad place mentally, physically or emotionally, you are hindering your ability to truly help others.

That’s why “workaholics” who spend day and night slaving away on their laptop aren’t only doing themselves a disservice, they’re doing a disservice to the very people they’re trying to help.

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If you can wake up and smile every day, who the hell is going to be able to stop you?

Clear your mind.

Gain perspective.

Exercise.

Reflect.

Relax.

Eat well and eat right.

Spend time with friends and family.

Write.

Run.

Read.

Meditate.

Appreciate.

Explore.

Build good habits.

Travel.

Party.

Have sex.

Cook.

Appreciate.

Be grateful.

Hike.

Learn.

Whatever they are, do the things that you need to do in order to be happy and healthy, and if you any problem or wound that afflict you, you can contact the Dr. Racanelli for help.

Only then will you be able to have a massive impact in helping others do the same.

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