I am working on a few community initiatives as I write this post; I am also recognizing that I am just one person and that I need to schedule accordingly. I keep mentioning the commercial from 10 or so years ago where the sales team is walking into a meeting and checking to see if the lead has the information to present and he points at his head and goes, "It is all here" and then he gets hit in the head with an opening file drawer and passed out. Everything in my plan and business is me so I need to make time for balance as well as growth.
It is so important to give back. Any person, whether they own a business or not, should consider finding a niche to volunteer with to give back to or to grow themselves. Whether it be just a few hours or just dollars that you want to send in, giving back is good for you. Why?
For those who believe in it, Karma is based off of the theory that what you do, comes back to you. Karma is a big reason to do nice things – it definitely helps you and your brand (or business) to be known as someone who gives back. But Karma is not the only reason.
If you do not believe in or care about Karma, you will believe in the results of doing something nice for someone who needs it. If you have a skill, talent or extra funds, using it to help an organization that means something to you or by pitching in your skills and talents and truly seeing the results is an amazing boost to your self worth and it WILL INCREASE YOUR SKILL SET.
How is that possible – simply because by pitching in and helping others, you will be, in a sense, teaching. By teaching someone something, you are learning. Here I go again with that stuff about learning. If you give back and teach someone or help someone achieve something, you are learning yourself. You are learning how to create a lesson, and perhaps how to make someone understand something. This is a magic ability to have and it will spill over into your professional life and make things click. Yes, being a parent at times can help with this, too but something about helping someone that is not related to you and learning how to handle learning styles for individuals of all ages makes it a powerful tool to have.
My community outreach is in progress (more on my community outreach is here http://www.thenextstep1234.com/blog/giving-back-to-the-community-as-an-entrepreneur
and here http://www.thenextstep1234.com/blog/results-of-my-community-outreach) and when I go back in February for my second round of roll up the sleeves and “do-ism”, I will be teaching and helping people execute on their dreams. People who maybe do not have quality career-level help and could not afford my type of help. But in giving back and doing this, I am the one who is receiving the benefit. I am the one who gets to tailor my message and learn more from teaching than they can by listening to me.
What do you think about giving back? Do you need a speaker or a lesson for an upcoming event in the NYC area (Staten Island and beyond). If yes, check out more about what I can do here: http://www.thenextstep1234.com/college-readiness-seminars--more.html to get on my calendar before I book up. Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen