Real success is all about helping other people to succeed. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. How are you making a life? In what ways do you give your time, money and attention to those in need? Whenever you give your time, money, energy, or resources unconditionally and unreservedly without any expectation of anything in return, you are rewarded with a beautiful feeling of fulfillment. The best is to volunteer your time helping people succeed.
You don’t have to be rich to give. You can give your valuable time. An hour a week helping at a local animal shelter or visiting an aged neighbor who lives alone is priceless.
Giving your time can be cathartic and humbling. Volunteering can shed you of all those status symbols you might be carrying around. You are merely one volunteer among many serving soups or making beds. If you are suffering from thinking too highly of yourself, voluntary work can be a great way to bring you back down to earth.
Get Started Now!
Start small if you must, but do something today. Avoid procrastinating, saying that you will start next week, next month, or even next year. Money is always tight, so start with your time. Get up early at the weekends to volunteer a couple of hours. Nudge yourself to get started, and within no time at all, you will be surprised by how quickly you have developed a new and altruistic habit.
Find causes that you believe in
You are not obliged to give your time, money, energy, and resources. If you do choose to give, give to an organization, charity or cause that you feel passionate about helping. Explore and try to understand what your favorite charities or organizations represent. Ask your local charity shop how they spend the money collected before you volunteer to be a shop assistant. Watch a charity in action before committing to giving it your time.
Start a trend
Lead the way in giving. Encourage those close to you to join with you. Share ideas with your family members, friends, and colleagues about how you might all volunteer for a particular cause. It is more fun to do things with others than alone.