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The best do-gooder advice I ever received

The best piece of advice I ever received was from a professor in grad school who told us that we as aid workers might never be able to unequivocally determine if we are doing things right. However she assured us that if we weren’t questioning ourselves, we most certainly were doing things wrong.

Along with the results frameworks and donor pressures that dictate our daily work, our own personal reflection is also a necessary and vital tool in making our role as humanitarians more effective.

Among your daily have-to-get-things-done focus, do you ask enough questions? Or do you settle for what you know?

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This post originally appeared at: http://www.how-matters.org/2012/06/12/the-best-advice/

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