I Will Now Answer All Your E-Mail

Lessons from the world's best helper on how to give and get at the same time

Illustration by Tomasz Walenta for TIME; Scout: Blue Lantern Studio / Corbis

You would not think I have the kind of skills that lead people to ask me for help. I can't raise a barn, revive a passenger or stay awake while people talk about their feelings. Yet several times a week, I tell my lovely wife Cassandra I'm busy "helping the children," which sounds far better than "giving antiquated career advice to kids who just graduated from elite colleges and are going to be rich anyway."

But it turns out, according to Adam Grant's book Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, that I have not only been contributing to society...

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