It’s very easy to hate on the Taurus. It really is.
When you look at the Taurus woman or man, it seems that this person has everything going for him or her.
First, the Taurus looks good. Of course, we’re not all blessed with Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie-type of looks.
The looks that I’m talking about is your profile. Taurus people like to look good.
They like to wear the right clothes, drive the right cars, and most likely, they live in the right side of town. They seem to have it all together.
They can easily present themselves as having the perfect package.
Of course, whenever you have such a person around, there are sure to be haters. There are a lot of people that like to envy and wish they have what other people have.
This is the worst form of emotion because envy is an admission of failure. When you’re envious of somebody, you’re basically telling the world and yourself that you don’t have what it takes.
By simply wishing to have what somebody has without putting in the work or the effort, you are essentially stealing.
It is also an admission that you suck at life.
Taurus people attract more than their fair share of haters. Haters just love to make up all sorts of stuff regarding the Taurus.
One common complaint they have about Taurus is that they are selfish. The Taurus often puts himself or herself first.
The good news for the Taurus is the more you put yourself first, the more you help others.
I know this may seem counterintuitive. It may not even seem like common sense.
However, there’s a lot of truth behind this. Here are five reasons why putting yourself first is the opposite of selfish.
Reason #1: You have to take care of yourself first to take care of others
How can you take care of others and provide value when you’re falling apart?
How can you provide good service to others when you can’t even take care of yourself?
How can you help others when you can’t help yourself?
Taurus people know how to take care of themselves. They know how to reach within and fix what’s wrong.
They might take a longer time than they want, but they can get the job done.
Unfortunately, many Taurus people often pay attention to what haters say. They start believing the lie that they are selfish.
Eventually, they start judging and second-guessing themselves. When this happens, they fail to take proper care of themselves.
Not surprisingly, they become more selfish. Why?
Whatever small amount of emotional resources left are sucked by their own needs.
By allowing yourself to take care of yourself first, you would have a lot more leftovers for the rest of the world.
Reason #2: You are simply reinvesting in yourself
There is an implicit assumption in many haters’ judgment of the Taurus’ selfishness.
The assumption is that this focus on their self is simply for its own purposes.
In other words, when you spend money on yourself, it’s just for vanity.
This might be true at some level or other, but the greater reality is that you are reinvesting in yourself.
When you buy that nice suit or buy that luxury car, you are reinvesting in yourself. Why?
Your persona and how people perceive you are an asset. When you build up the value of your assets, you have more value left over.
The more value you have left over, the more value you can give to other people.
You don’t have to give money. You can give time.
However, your time is also valuable because guess what? You invested in your time. You invested in training or resources.
Whatever it is, when you give of yourself, people get value.
Don’t think for a moment that by investing in yourself and spending money in yourself, you’re putting other people last. This is far from the case.
In fact, you’re creating better value by investing in yourself because you’re in a better position to help others.
Reason #3: Self-interest produces better results in the long run
There’s a reason why the Soviet Union fell. The Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries had economies that ran on one central assumption.
The assumption is this: If people work towards the common good, there’s enough leftover for everybody else. Society will move forward when people focus on the common good.
It didn’t take long for this assumption to be proven false.
When everybody’s working for the “common good,” you get a lot of leeches. These are people who put in the least amount of work and try to get the most amount out of the system.
In other words, you get parasites. It didn’t take long for the Soviet economy to crash because there is so much parasitic behavior.
When you take care of yourself, on the other hand, you tend to produce better value for the rest of the world.
This is the story of capitalism in Europe and the United States. The person that owned the baking company that produce your bread doesn’t really care about you personally.
However, he or she cares about making a profit. By focusing on profit generation, this person ensures that you get the best-quality bread and that your bread is delivered safely to the store where you buy it from.
Do you see how this works?
By putting ourselves first, we help produce value for the rest of the world. Why?
Capitalism works this way: To get what you want, you must first give people what they want.
It’s all about exchanging value. Self-interest works beautifully in this context.
Reason #4: You don’t help anyone by playing a martyr.
If you play a victim, you’re not going to be doing the world much favor. Really.
You’re not putting too many benefits on the table when you do that.
When you’re the victim, you basically give yourself an excuse to victimize other people. That’s how it works.
You don’t feel that the rules apply to you. You feel that people should pity you and cut you some slack.
In other words, you try to get an exemption from the rules.
When enough people start thinking like this, serious harm is created.
Things don’t get produced. People don’t show up on time. Value isn’t created.
Instead of playing victim, focus on helping yourself.
Reason #5: You help others make a decision faster
Taurus people are often surrounded by people that are caught in limbo.
Whether it’s their career, their relationships, or other important aspects of their lives, they find themselves hanging. They can’t seem to make a decision.
When they see the Taurus just do things by their seemingly selfish focus, these other people are pushed to make a decision.
Nothing will get you off the fence faster than seeing another person do what you’re dreaming of doing.
The Taurus is doing this because he or she just needs to make a decision quickly.
This is the best value they can contribute to the people around them. By simply taking action, they can push the world to take action.