There’s nothing more fulfilling than making a powerful impact in someone’s life. LKY proved it. He was a man who genuinely wanted to help Singapore, and its people. The quote “Service above self” describes his lifestyle well. To serve people before serving yourself. My friends and I nodded at it when it was brought up over Mamak food; but, there’s a paradox.
Serving others will no doubt put yourself in a position to reap even more benefits. When a politician serves the people well, the people will think of him in good ways, which serves his interests of winning the next election. When a corporation gets heavily involved in environmental causes in an effort to improve living conditions, environmentalists will advocate their actions, which raises awareness of the company’s brand and heightens the chance of higher revenue.
So in a way “Service above self” = “Service for self”.