There are a lot of great reasons to help others. Unfortunately, helping others is often seen as in opposition to helping ourselves. "If I help others, then I am taking away from my own prosperity". And when it comes to a choice, we usually choose "me" over others. Obviously, having the mentality and the heart to put others first is most desirable. However, if that is too much to ask, then look at the research. Motivation is one of the keys to personal success. Research shows that the greatest untapped source of motivation is a sense of service to others; focusing on the contribution of our work to other people’s lives has the potential to make us more productive than thinking about helping ourselves (Give and Take by Adam Grant). So when you find yourself falling short of your own goals and hopes and dreams, then spend some time to help others to reach their goals and hopes and dreams, and you may find that you both end up winning.