Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First

When you fly, you get the doomsday advice that if everything goes to hell you should put your own oxygen mask on first – before helping others.

After all, how much help can you be once you are unconscious and incapacitated? Self-preservation is key.

It’s good advice. And doomsday scenarios aside, it’s got valuable lessons for our work and personal lives.

Resist the urge to be today’s hero by helping others, or the goto guy/gal for every little nag that someone has.

Put your own house in order first. Build and maintain your foundation. Focus on ME.

It may seem selfish or like you’re shirking responsibility. But when you do it, then you’ll end up – paradoxically – as a person who helps others more than yourself.