The Paradigm Shift Begins
When we mention social networking and its attraction of millions, the first question which comes to the minds of those who have yet to discover the benefits of networking is, “What’s in it for me?” But the paradigm with which we view the world is beginning to shift. Those who “get it” are the ones who most freely give of their time and the information they have learned.
As sociologists have explained over the years, the people who “get” the most from life are the ones who “give” the most. In his blog post titled, “The Psychology Factors,” strategist Jay Deragon exlplains the trend.
People try to satisfy them [Maslow’s hierarchy of needs] in order:- Firstly their basic needs for survival (food and shelter), secondly they satisfy their need for security, and so on. Although this results in selfish behavior when people are operating at the lower levels (competition for food and water), those who have overcome the basic struggle to survive behave differently as they draw strength from quality relationships and begin to seek higher goals such as a sense of belonging and a purpose in their lives.
So the shift begins. The Yahoo! groups exemplify the tendancy of people, in general, to provide knowledge and information, even mentoring, to others free of charge. Those who are “in the know” realize that there is more to life than just “stuff.” They create their own realities through positive thought and the desire to help as many people as possible.
How ’bout it?