What if all that energy you invest into others, you could invest into yourself instead?
For example, the time and energy we spent thinking about others, investing our energy into motivating others, and directing others— if we just invested the energy into ourselves instead?
To focus on motivating ourselves, inspiring and motivating ourselves, and focusing on increasing our strength and power? Perhaps this would be much more efficient, and also much more effective.
Perhaps in a way that, selfishness and self-centeredness is actually the most virtuous use of our energy. And when we do decide to be altruistic, it is an over spilling of our superfluous energy, which is super additive, instead of zero sum.
Because I don’t know about you, but there are times when you motivate others it actually gives you energy, but there are times when you motivate others it sucks away your energy. Therefore, beware the energy vampires, and seek the energy multipliers.