When it comes to articulating the power and personal value of community service, volunteerism, and giving to help others, there are countless famous quotes. William Shakespeare stated “The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.” Booker T. Washington, the educator, author, and advisor to presidents, noted, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” And Lee Iacocca, the American automobile executive, shared “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.”
Indeed, “service” to others and the community enriches our own lives and is a critical driver of success and happiness, personally and professionally. The more we GIVE, the more we’re able to find our purpose, expand our skills and knowledge, and build relationships that will allow us to GROW. But, days pass by in the blink of an eye. We’re juggling hectic schedules, bursting budgets, and struggling to adapt to the new norm of multi-tasking with more responsibilities than ever before. Plus, we’re globally connected, consumed with social media and instant response rates with technology now worn on our wrists. So, while “service” matters in every aspect of our lives and community, it’s hard to find time to give back, to make it a priority, right?
Luckily, making a difference doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. With simple steps you can weave purpose into each day and have every action benefit someone else and the community. If you’re looking for greater purpose and ways to make “service” easy, pick up a copy of my second book, Giving for Growth: Achieving Success Through Giving Back. Released by Main Street Books on November 5, 2015, the personal and professional development handbook is dedicated to helping corporate executives, nonprofit leaders, high school and college students, and any individual searching for ways to give back, stand out, build relationships, make an impact, and achieve more in their lives and careers. The book is available locally at The Booksellers at Laurelwood and online at Amazon.com or www.theLPBC.com/book. Proceeds from the book benefit Mid-South youth literacy programs, so you’ll already be giving back while learning some tactics to make an even larger philanthropic impact.
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