Pay yourself first!

If you are not in the right state, it is difficult to help another.  If you are suffering, it is difficult to help another person. If you are thirsty, you need the first drop before you share the water. That is the life’s principle. Look after yourself first. That is not selfishness. It is the right thing to do.


To help others, you must have helped yourself first.


If you are a frequent traveler, you have noticed that at the beginning of every flight, it is a standard procedure that the air hostess will take you through safety awareness –  explaining that in case of any problem during the flight, the Oxygen Mask will pop up from above your head. You are advised to grab it and put it on yourself before you help any other, even if you have a child on your hips. First put on your own Oxygen Mask.

This is not about selfishness but doing the right thing. If you are not in the right state, you can’t be able to help others.

If you are achief executive,parent, managing director, always ensure that you in a good state before you help others.Until you do that, it becomes very hard to help others.

Remember the Oxygen Mask principal in your decision making.Always put on the oxygen mask first on yourself before you help others put on their own oxygen mask. If you don’t,you won’t be able to help them. It is that simple.

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