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Adam Tarnow teaches us about the negative equity game of selfishness. We think selfishness will give to us—we think we can win—but in the end, it only takes. All of us struggle with selfishness. Using Matthew 20: 1-28, Adam shows us three things selfishness robs us of: contentment, empathy, and true greatness.
Selfishness Robs Us of Contentment
Selfishness leads us to being discontent; it’s a negative equity game, it always robs from us. People who always seem grateful and happy are less selfish because their perspective—what they focus on—is on what they have.
Selfishness Robs Us of Empathy
Empathy is the ability to change your perspective and put it on someone else. When we are being selfish and we are robbed of empathy, it makes us:
Empathy is required if we are going to love people
Selfishness Robs Us of True Greatness
True greatness doesn’t come from being the best, it comes from giving the most. Leadership is taking initiative for the benefit of others.