I like Stephen Covey's Eighth habit, "find your voice and help other find theirs". It was easier to do when I was employed. Now I an not very successful in even finding mine. I have been given credit in saving someone's life because I was brought into their life at a very critical time and inspired her to enrich her life and find her voice. I didn't realize what I was doing just that I see value in those around me and naturally encourage them to make the most of themselves.
At her graduation party she reminded me that five years earlier I told her that if she were still working at the same job, in five years, I was going to fire her. She told me that was what motivated her to go to school and get her life back on track.