I’m trying to show that I performed a task solely for my own benefit.

For example,

I did x of my own accord.

However, the of my own accord seems a bit too explicit: I am looking for a word that shows I did this task purely for myself. Voluntarily isn’t really appropriate, as it implies that I volunteered to do it for someone else.

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    I've found unaltruistically on the internet, but I'd stick with your original (solely for my own benefit). By the way, 'of my own accord' means 'without being prompted / having to be prompted'. May 27, 2015 at 16:40
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    How about "selfishly"?
    – Hot Licks
    May 27, 2015 at 16:55
  • Selfishly is usually used in malicious context
    – user123144
    May 27, 2015 at 17:02
  • @user123144, Is the OP about "my own benefit" or "my own accord". For "accord" means you did it without having to be asked .
    – Misti
    May 27, 2015 at 20:18
  • @user123144 - Isn't "solely for my own benefit" the definition of "selfish"?
    – Hot Licks
    May 27, 2015 at 22:20

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I did X for myself/ me.

This is how they usually put it.

You could try:

I did it egocentrically.

But the first one sounds better to me.

  • Who's "they"? :-) May 27, 2015 at 17:01
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    @KristinaLopez: I've been asking myself that exact question ever since I learned English!
    – Tushar Raj
    May 27, 2015 at 17:02

freewill (adj)

done of your own accord of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled.


You could try using "purposefully".

However, there is a caveat. Although it can suggests you did x through your own free will, it doesn't guarantee that doing x was your own idea.


To indulge is to perform solely for one's own benefit.

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