Why Being Selfish Won’t Get You Anywhere

Humans can be very selfish sometimes. Often times, we humans put ourselves first at the detriment of others. I have certainly had my selfish moments and experienced selfish behavior from others, and my conclusion is that it just doesn’t benefit anyone, especially in the long term.

Being selfish isn’t only with things, but with information and knowledge too. I have seen plenty of people who hoard knowledge because they believe knowledge is power, and refuse to share it with others in fear of giving others an edge. At the end of the day, we all function in teams, whether it’s professional or personal. If you have a partner you’re in a team. You’re a team with your family, and you’re a team with your friends. Being selfish never wins, because most of the time, whether we realize it or not, we have a shared objective with other people.

  1. You lose out in the big picture

What happens when you’re selfish is that in the moment you may look good, but in the bigger picture, you are risking the bigger goal or objective. The issue with selfish people is that they don’t see anything bigger than them, and that they attach the biggest importance to themselves.

  1. People won’t help you in future

It’s very easy. If you help others, they will help you back. (Although sometimes you can get a bit screwed over in this process). But if you gain a reputation for being selfish and only putting yourself first, people will remember this and treat you accordingly. You will be last on their priority list when it comes to help.

  1. You cause a lot of stress on yourself

If you live a life where you constantly need to hide information and try to take other people out, you’re actually stressing yourself out. The worst part is that this stress is completely self-caused. You don’t need to be in this situation!

  1. Karma

Remember that what comes around, goes around. Good and bad deeds are always returned, though sometimes not in the way we expect.

  1. You’re not likable

Unless you plan to live life as a hermit or a diva, selfish behavior is one of the most unlikable traits a person can have. When you’re selfish, people won’t want to spend time with you because you’re not giving off good energy. People like being with other people who are kind, generous and uplifting.

Would you like to add on to our list above? Tell us in the comments section or on our Facebook page! When was the last time someone did something selfish to you, and how did that make you feel? We’re all ears!

Ann Jie

Loves good conversations and hates small talk. Finds people fascinating and wonders why meanies exist. Loves writing violent, graphic short stories but finds horror movies too scary to watch. Follow me on Instagram @annjieslices or tweet me a slice of YOUR life at @annjieslices!

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