The highest of the six human needs, contribution and growth

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The highest of the six human needs, contribution and growth

In life coaching we identify six human needs in order to help people with the areas in their life that they need to work on.

Of the six human needs we regard growth and contribution as the two highest human needs.

I often get the idea that people regard life coaching as a luxury, a quick fix “cure” for “first world problems.”

I tend to disagree: When people have the first four basic human needs met (these are: certainty, variety, significance and love and connection), they usually aim to look outwards towards other people who do not have these needs met and help them, while at the same time fulfilling their higher needs of growth and ultimately contribution.

In my opinion there are only two kinds of people who walk this earth: Evolved and un-evolved people. I do not think race, religion, culture or any other difference between people divide people as much as being evolved or un-evolved.

Evolved people tend to be the ones whose first four baser needs have been met and strive to improve the world around them and make it a better place for all. They are the ones who tend to uplift the more un-evolved people and strive to educate them to a level where they too strive to meet their needs for growth and contribution.

When people sign up for life coaching, they usually have their lives in good working order and do so in order to “become more” of what they are and in the process grow and contribute more.

Of course the “flip” side is the example of for instance “gangsters” that do not generally have a good influence on the rest of society, although they experience “growth” and “contribution” among their own, albeit in a way that the rest of society might experience as negative. This is a whole other ball game and for the purposes of this blog I am only going to emphasize the positive side of growth and contribution.

I like to believe that we all should strive to incorporate more self-growth in order to contribute more and make a difference in society where needed.

In order to do this we must have a balanced life in which all the life areas are more or less in sync.

If you strife to become more self-actualized and want to be in the space from which you are able to grow and contribute by living out your potential and fulfilling your unique purpose more, I strongly recommend considering life coaching.

A life coach is there to support you without judging you at any stage, but to challenge you to obtain the maximum growth so that you can make the biggest contribution to society that only you with your unique gifts, talents and skills can make.

According to me, we are all teachers and should educate people all around us so that they can take full responsibility for their lives and in turn help others to become independent and in the place where they in turn can make a difference for the better in this world.

It is only when we take full responsibility for every area in our own lives that we can truly live out our potential and ultimately live out our unique purpose by our unique contribution to society.

I recently listened to an extremely inspiring TED talk (, titled “An army of good fathers”  by a remarkable lady, Elca Grobler, that I believe is an example of someone who lives out her need for growth and contribution to the utmost of her potential.

Elca is an example of someone who went out of her comfort zone, country and culture to uplift and educate people from a totally different walk of life and is making a huge contribution to the upliftment of hundreds of thousands of people for whom growth and contribution are secondary, because of their circumstances.

If you find this video inspiring, please let me know.

If you are aspiring to make a similar difference or even a much smaller one but need motivation, get a life coach today to get you where you want to be.

Remember- You don’t have to be perfect, you just need to be whole. In order for you to become whole, you need to find your unique purpose and live it out daily to make a significant difference in this world.

We are all equipped with the tools to be a genius. Sometimes we just need the right guidance to help us see our own brilliance.


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