“The only way to change the world is to quit thinking it’s a job for Superman. Real power lies in your own hands.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich,
VOLUNTEERING- A skill not everybody possess. And as the name suggests it has to be voluntary that is it should come from within to take a responsibility ,to manage a work, to guide someone through. Many do not do it because they feel that it is an unnecessary burden,it will consume their time and energy but they forget that in order to grow yourself and your personality it is very important to be an “Initiator” and also to take up activities that will add to your personality. Once, you are in a crowd you need to make your space, you need to stand out. And, if you possess a skill of volunteering it helps you in the process. It is the first step of turning into a leader. The application of soft skills you have, the showcase of your motivation and persuasion skills , all apply here.
Just as the quote you read in the start of this article : That, The only way to change the world is to quit thinking it’s a job for Superman. Real power lies in your own hands. One needs to stop thinking that there would be somebody who would come and help you or others .One needs to stop being dependent ,you need to take your own responsibilities and also encourage others to take theirs. One needs to help those in needs. Everybody wants to take, but the happiness lies when you give. When somebody smiles because of you that is the most priceless moment you can feel.
Let me also state some benefits you will get whn you start to volunteer. First and the foremost, is you start inculcating leadership qualities or may be a manager’s . When you start brain storming,when you start convincing others,when you motivate people, when you communicate, when you start building relationships , it all helps you grow as a leader.
Secondly, you build relationships. Suppose you have taken up a task of volunteering a very big project coming up. You team up and meet a lot of people you have never seen or met before . But,with time you gel up with them you are comfortable and communicating and expressing your thoughts with them .And,it all becomes easier !
You come out of your comfort zone. Nobody wants to leave their space. But,if you really want to male space for you in the real world the forst thing you have to do is step out of your comfort zone. And, volunteering helps you there.
Volunteering can help you advance your career. Everybody is very ambitious now, and wants to reach heights in their respective fields. Through volunteering you can advance your skills and grow in your career domain.
Volunteering is good for your mind and body . Volunteering teaches you stress management.You start counteratting anxiety and tension you would get all the time you take up a task. It turns you into a more patient person. It boosts your self confidence,you feel accomplished.
You build your own network. In the times like today,building your network is very necessary so that in any contingencies you can ask through your network and find jobs or help in which ever way you need.
You become empathetic,you start keeping yourself in the shoes of others and think about them and then take your decision.And oh! it also helps you build your decision making skills.
So, there are so many advantages of volunteering and taking up a responsibilty. So stop asking “WHY and saying “I WILL”