Being of service to others drives my decision-making. If an opportunity exists to add value and guide change through service I am highly likely to get involved. We all have different entry points into the causes that draw our affinity. Seeing an opportunity to be of service fulfills basic human needs. Tony Robbins outlined six human needs as the following:
1. Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure
2. Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli
3. Significance: feeling unique, important, special or needed
4. Connection/Love: a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something
5. Growth: an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding
6. Contribution: a sense of service and focus on helping, giving to and supporting others
As we think about the tribes we have assembled, which needs thrive in our community? Are we stifling any? Are we allowing the members of the tribe to be of service and meet their needs? Stuffing envelopes for an annual appeal may or may not allow an individual’s needs to be realized. Being willing to have a conversation about what fulfills the people who have chosen to align themselves with an enterprise may be the most service oriented action we can take.