The School of Greatness


Some people have an idea of giving that is not sustainable.

You can’t self-sacrifice endlessly to help others. You also have to take care of yourself.

Giving can be a win/win situation.

In fact, it should be.

Helping the world is only worth it if you are also helping yourself.

For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Will Macaskill where he shared this idea as one of his principles of effective altruism.

William MacAskill is a philosopher, ethicist, and one of the originators of the effective altruism movement. He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy and Research Fellow at the Global Priorities Institute, University of Oxford. He is also the co-founder and president of 80,000 Hours, the co-founder and vice-president of Giving What We Can, and the co-founder of the Centre for Effective Altruism.

Learn how to help others in the most meaningful way in Episode 780.

In This Episode You Will Learn:

One of the core principles of effective altruism (2:00)

How to create a win/win while making an impact (3:00)

Why additional income doesn’t make you happier (4:00)

How to give without sacrificing a lot (5:00)

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