Have you reached a point in your professional life that you’re ready to shift? What would it be like to give back to others?
We all go through different phases in our lives. When we’re first setting out into the world, we focus on making a name for ourselves. We want to achieve things so that we look good (or at least acceptable) in the eyes of others. We’ll do things not necessarily because we want to, but because it elevates our social status. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Indeed, it can often be a useful catalyst when it comes to becoming successful.
But at some point, the joys that this status brings us begin to fade. We find that it’s no longer enough; we lack something. Having focused on ourselves for so long, it’s time to do something for others and give back.
Here’s four ways to give back.
One – Become a Mentor
There’ll have been a time in your career when everyone was your competition. You had to be better than them to succeed. But once you’ve found success, you can take your foot off the pedal a little. Once you’re in this non-threatening position, you can look at helping other people along their journey. Could you become a mentor to someone who’s just starting out, for instance? You’ll find that it’s a highly valuable endeavor, both for yourself and the person that you mentor.
Two – Shape Your Industry
When we’re fresh out of college, we usually have to contort ourselves into new positions just to get the job that we want. And that’s how it goes for the first few years or more. You’re not directing the ship; you’re just carrying out your duties. In some cases, this can cause something of a moral quandary, for instance, if your industry does things that you don’t approve of. But once you’ve established yourself, you’re no longer a nobody; you have power. At this point, you can do what you can to rid your industry of the problems that you identified long ago. It’s a great way to steer the world in the right direction, using your career.
Three – Career Change
People jump into their careers for all kinds of reasons. Some of them are good reasons; others are bad. It doesn’t matter, really, because over time we all change. You might find that the motivation for entering your career is no longer relevant to who you are and that you’d like to try something new. This is a great chance to give back because there are plenty of professions that make a positive impact on the world. Look at studying one of the Social Sciences, and you’ll be eligible for a whole host of careers that have a hugely beneficial impact on society. You’ll find that you love the new adventure you’re undertaking, too.
Four – Start a Charity
Finally, why not look at starting a charity if you’re looking for something to stimulate inspiration? It’s easier than you might think, and though you may start things small, you’ll never know where things go in the future.