We spend so much of our lives focusing on ourselves and the things we think we deserve. So often, we are disappointed. However, we can have most things we desire when we have something to offer in return. The path to lasting success is traveled by continuously creating something new and valuable.

If all we focus is on getting and taking and acquiring, we are generally met with much resistance. Such an approach will make it nearly impossible to accomplish the goals we've set for ourselves.

We should focus instead on finding ways to give, to create value and to make that real and meaningful value available to others. When we seek to give of ourselves, the possibilities for doing so will have no limit.

Many people are, by their very nature, quite thoroughly self-centered. That represents quite an incredible opportunity.

By giving people what they want, and helping them achieve their goals, we can readily achieve whatever we want. When we work to advance the interests of others, our own interests are even more profoundly advanced.

Look carefully at those around you and ask yourself what you're able to offer that can bring value to the moment. Answer that question honestly and you've figured out the recipe for moving ahead.