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Twofer Tuesday: On Generosity Burnout & Intellectual Humility

This may seem a little contradictory, but it’s actually beneficial to put both yourself first and your ideas aside. As with most things in life, it’s all about the when and where. The first article in this week’s Twofer looks at why (and how) to avoid “generosity burnout.” The second explores the merits of intellectual humility.

Generous to a Fault?

Many top executives find success by putting the needs of their company ahead of their own. But that doesn’t mean everyone in the workforce should follow their lead.

For those who aren’t in the C-suite, on-the-job selflessness can lead to exhaustion and often ends up hurting rather than helping the people they set out to assist.

This Harvard Business Review article looks at how and when you should offer help, in a way that will preserve your productivity and effectiveness — not to mention your sanity!

Read: Beat Generosity Burnout

Think Your Ideas Are Better Than Others’? Think Again

It’s one thing to have the courage of your convictions. But when you’re unable to consider the beliefs, ideas and opinions of others, it doesn’t make you right or better — it just makes you incapable of learning.

“As daunting as it may seem, listening to friends and family with radically different views can be beneficial to our long-term intellectual progress.”

Read: How “Intellectual Humility” Can Make You a Better Person

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