• Learning to ‘be useful’ is a good trait for all ages to possess.

  • If we are reliable and sensitive, share, listen and help willingly, we can make a difference.

  • The motto ‘be useful’ can have a positive impact in our communities.


‘Be Useful’ is a positive motto to live by. It is a valuable trait for all ages, young and old to possess.

We like to make a difference. It makes us feel competent and valued.

When we need help there are some people who we approach for assistance. It is their attitude that makes them so helpful.

Not only do they assist, but they make the people they help feel better about themselves. When we need help, we feel vulnerable. Helpful people can assist us, leaving us feeling better.

Here are a few things we can learn and teach our young about becoming helpful when someone needs assistance:

  • LISTEN: Provide support by listening. The inability to help immediately can be frustrating. However, by being a good listener you can still be supportive.

  • BE RELIABLE: When you commit to helping someone it is important to follow through.

  • HELP WILLINGLY: Helping should not feel like a burdensome chore. Those you went the extra mile for will remember you.

  • BE SENSITIVE: Help them feel better about the situation, not worse. Don’t let them put themselves down. Assure them that the issue will be resolved.

  • DO NOT TAKE OVER: Don’t do it all for them. This often makes people feel bad. It is best to work with them to help resolve whatever problem or issue it is they are facing.

  • SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW: Jump in and help to the best of your ability. Leave them feeling better informed and more capable.

  • KNOW WHEN TO STOP: Once the issue has been resolved, take a step back. Give them the opportunity to move forward by using their own abilities and talents.

Be open about how you do things so that others can learn by emulating you.

 Being useful means gladly offering what you can, when you can. Lots of people are useful. They do the things they need to do. They solve the problems they need to solve. They keep things moving along.

 People who are useful are in high demand. They make things work. They add value to every relationship they cultivate.


Are you are interested in learning more about group coaching?

If so, contact me to obtain a report on a simple and easy system on how to set up group coaching programs for youth. You can do this in the ‘Contact us‘ section of the website.


Wishing you lots of love and laughter, as always.

Fred Jones

Victoria, BC Canada

Fred Jones

Fred Jones

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