According to "The Go-Giver" by Bob Burg and John David Mann (2007), "Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment." What?! Is that typed correctly? Yes! In fact, they go on to say, "All the great fortunes in the world have been created by men and women who had a greater passion for what they were giving - their product, service or idea - than for what they were getting." What do you think about these quotes? Do you agree?
When you think of volunteering in your local community you may not think of it as "The Go-Giver" did in terms of a business - but it is. Your products, services, or ideas are what you provide when you give to a local business - either monetarily or through your time or belongings. The same principles taught in the book about success are true when looking at getting involved in your community.
If you want to show your value in a particular area, it is important for you to become involved with your community. Whether you are a business owner, writer / artist, employee, or stay at home parent, being involved in your community shows a few things about you:
You care about making the world a better place.
You want to contribute to the lives of those around you by offering your skills or services.
You are willing to pour into others so they can become as good as you or better.
You have skills that are worth sharing with others.
Two easy ways to get involved are to search for opportunities on Volunteer Match and Christian Volunteering websites. In this article, I want to share why it is important to get involved. Though your motive for giving should be because you want to share your talents with others, you will reap many benefits too.
In giving, you receive the joy of seeing someone grow. In giving, you invest in someone's life in a priceless way. Those who can't afford to pay you, such as the kids on the soccer team, will always be grateful for how you helped them. Those who receive your skills will go on to use those lessons in their life and think of you, remembering to pay it forward. Those who know you are someone who gives of yourself will want to help you and further your cause.
Let's say you are interviewing for jobs. The positions you are looking for require training and management experience, but you haven't worked in those areas professionally. However, you have been a Girl Scouts leader for several years, managing cookie drives, fundraisers, and training sessions. This is great experience to add to your resume. Those years of paying it forward will provide you with return on your investment.
Do you hold an office in your Toastmasters club? Do you provide training at your local Department of Labor? These are valuable skills. In giving to your community, you are building other people up using your strengths. When you share these valuable skills with others, you build up leaders, future business owners, better parents, stronger individuals. You help others believe in themselves and feel that you have invested time within helping them become more skilled. In turn, you become a better leader and stronger individual.
So why get involved in your community? Because the value you create by giving to others is worth far more than you will ever receive from anyone in payment.
What skills do you have that you should be sharing with your community?
Michelle Vera is a writer passionate about living a full and treasured life. She encourages those around her to do the same while living a life fully directed by the Lord. To see more of her work, visit http://www.facebook.com/EyesStraightAhead
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