Help others because you want to, not because you have to. Support should certainly be a two-way street, not that it always is. When someone asks for your assistance, you should consider how great the cost will be to you, how helpful you may be, and whether or not you're the best fit for what is being asked of you. Your support may not be necessary in each circumstance, so it is important to weigh your options. Assisting may provide a surge of positivity, but the possibility remains that your help can hurt. There are many things to consider before lending yourself as a resource. One may be the timing of the request isn't suitable for your schedule. While you may want to adhere to a request, it should not risk the fulfillment of your priorities unless absolutely necessary. Please brainstorm other things to consider before offering your support.