05 juillet 2019

You Gotta Serve Someone

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. David Maister[Edit][Delete]: You Gotta Serve Someone, July 25, 2006
I bought my first 'new' Bob Dylan album in 1980. It was 'Slow Train Coming' and as I listened to the lyrics from the first song, "You gotta serve somebody," I wondered whether I had missed the boat on being a Dylan fan; perhaps his relevant work was now long behind him. It turns out the advice in the song was rather more relevant than I would have expected, though I was not wise enough at the time to see why. "It's the paradox of professionalism: the more you put yourself first, the less people want to work with you and the less of life's rewards you get. The more you focus on serving others, the more they want to be with you and give you what you want." Yes, it's also in Carnegie. More...
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