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Doing Well by Doing Good!

| March 26, 2010 | 6 Comments

Doing well by doing goodThere’s a reason why the most successful CEOs and entertainers and rising corporate stars all have charitable commitments.  When you consider how much help you really need to make your biggest dreams a reality, doesn’t it make sense that they’d start thinking about what they can do for others?  Even the most cynical corporate types know that they’ve been truly blessed.

What does this matter to you?

Well, it’s simple.  If, along the way to achieving everything that you’re dreaming about right now, you’re able to harness the magic of giving, you have a powerful opportunity to do so much more.  The Young & Successful realize that giving is something that all of us need to do, regardless of what we do, who we are, or what we have.  The most interesting thing about this whole concept is that doing good for others actually has more rewards for the giver than you can imagine.  And it’s amazing how many people underestimate the great powers inherent in such acts.

By volunteering with some great organizations and by helping out with charitable events, for example, you can often find yourself in situations that you’d only dreamed were possible.  All of those big powerful people who you’ve always wanted to meet are often there, trying to make a difference like you are.  Some of the most profound benefits of getting involved in charitable causes are often the ones people rarely talk about, such as:

  • Valuable experience and exposure
  • Amazing social and professional contacts
  • New, rewarding relationships
  • Greater fulfillment through contribution
  • Increased sense of value and self-worth
  • Personal recognition for you and your work
  • And often, a totally different perspective

The very best organizations to get involved in are going to be the ones that speak to you in some personal, deeply emotional way.  However, the ones that help you truly make the most of your time, are likely to hold some other benefits as well.  To be completely practical, we do have to consider the fact that we all have a limited amount of time.  Not to mention energy and money to devote to extracurricular activities.  With that said, think about maximizing the return you get from getting involved even in non-profit and charitable activities.  Not because we want you to always be assessing what’s in it for you, but because the more fulfilled you are by your experiences, the more you’ll put into them in the first place.  And besides, what could be more beautiful that giving to a great cause that gives right back to you in an equally substantive way.  What an incredible win-win situation!

To fast track your career, giving back can make a huge difference. But of course, there’s still so much more you can do too.  Become fluent in the rules to making it in any industry at any stage in your career. To learn more or get help in putting these strategies to work in your life instantly, sign up for Fast Track to Success: 30 Days to Transform You Life and Career from our friends at YoungandSuccessful.com where your success is their business!

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  • http://www.ryanhanley.com/about Ryan Hanley

    Givers Gain… Giving back to your community is your duty as a citizen of the US. Unfortunately far to many of us take liberties with that duty (Myself included till about a year ago). I have joined the program committees of several local charities and found the experience to be so extremely rewarding the business benefits (Which are many and undeniable) don't even enter my reasons for joining anymore.

    The Business Benefits for philanthropy will be there. But the benefit to your community will be amazing…

    Ryan H., http://www.ryanhanley.com

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  • http://www.tariqwest.com/ Tariq West

    I really appreciated this post. It resounds deeply with my own experience in which philanthropy and enterprise have been intimately connected (e.g. for years all of my paying clients came as referrals from pro-bono clients).

    I disagree, though, with your assertion that “Even the most cynical corporate types know that they’ve been truly blessed.” In fact, because of the American myth of meritocracy and the self-made man, many people in high places believe they got there mostly by themselves, through their own hard work and sheer brilliance. Their “charity” is sometimes precisely an expression of a sort of cynicism – they cause-wash (i.e. spending more money telling people about their good works than on the good works because people only really care about appearances, right?) or put on a show to appeal to a sort of popular sentiment and social obligation (i.e. “this is what people of my stature do”), without feeling any real connection to it.

  • http://www.tariqwest.com/ Tariq West

    I really appreciated this post. It resounds deeply with my own experience in which philanthropy and enterprise have been intimately connected (e.g. for years all of my paying clients came as referrals from pro-bono clients).

    I disagree, though, with your assertion that “Even the most cynical corporate types know that they’ve been truly blessed.” In fact, because of the American myth of meritocracy and the self-made man, many people in high places believe they got there mostly by themselves, through their own hard work and sheer brilliance. Their “charity” is sometimes precisely an expression of a sort of cynicism – they cause-wash (i.e. spending more money telling people about their good works than on the good works because people only really care about appearances, right?) or put on a show to appeal to a sort of popular sentiment and social obligation (i.e. “this is what people of my stature do”), without feeling any real connection to it.

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