When do you leave the anchors behind and when do you pull them along?

Harriete Estel Berman wrote:

Your recent newsletter about motors v.s. anchors was thought provoking though I am concerned. It seems a little self serving to only work with the motors and ignore the anchors. Somewhere, somehow, I think that for every bit of success comes a responsibility to pay it back. Each measure of success carries some responsibility to pull the anchors (if you want to use that term) along with you.

Hard to argue with that. I agree wholeheartedly that we should help those who want to be helped–those who want to “get with the motors.”

But I do think we need to give ourselves permission be self-serving at times. We can’t take care of others until we take care of ourselves first. Some anchors are easier to pull along than others, don’t you agree? Others are just dead set on holding everyone back with them.

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