Be Tactfully Honest
In short what a person can do to help another is to be TACTFULLY HONEST with others.
I have had multiple people approach me who have been laid off and are seeking to start anew. Their friends provide these people with support and encouragement, but are NOT being honest. I have had multiple unemployed folks, seeking to start their own small business, receive encouragement from their friends on “how good” they are at X,Y or Z. When I interview these people, it is clear they are not pursuing something that plays into their natural talents… and they spin their wheels, pointing to the fact that their friends said they are doing the right thing.
In order to help each other, we need to be tactfully honest with each other. Instead of trying to make others feel good, we need to call it as it is and encourage others to pursue things where their natural talents lie. Being nice to others, just to make them feel good in the immediate term, often results in spinning wheels. A dose of (tactful) truth is the BEST WAY to do something positive for someone else.