Being of service

“What you give to others, you give to yourself. Equally, what you fail to give others, you fail to give yourself.” – Neal Donal Walsch


Begin of service to others is directly connected to how others will in turn be of service to you. There are many forms of service. For instance, it can be as simple as donating shoes to a church. It can be committing to seasonal participation in your local soup kitchen. It could be volunteering your skills to a non-profit organization. I choose the latter and not only was I of service to them but they were of service to me.

During a time of (welcomed) unemployment I made a decision to do the unconventional when I started my job search… I volunteered. I sought volunteer opportunities that could easily translate into career opportunities. With time to get my career choice right, I took advantage of volunteerism.

Years prior I had been considering a career outside of my field and came across a website  that promoted career shadowing. This company would pair you with a mentor in your chosen field and you would pretty much tested drive your desired job.

Although I didn’t go that route, I did test drive my dream job via volunteering years later. I used that same concept except I didn’t pay, I volunteered. I used volunteering to gain the skills I needed to become successful in my new career. In return for the opportunity I worked as if I was getting paid. I went there on-time, I went above and beyond what was asked of me. I stayed late and came in early.

This led to a part-time PAID opportunity!

I committed myself and focused on giving. I exceeded my commitment all together by doing more than what was asked of me!

I found myself putting in more hours, I found myself filling in the gaps big and small, I found myself being creative, I had more energy, I lived my waking dream and in doing that, people recognized it.

I went in with no skills, no connections, and minimum expectations. I gained skills, I made connections, I got a paycheck, I got flexibility, I became more knowledgeable and my creativity flowed.

When I told people of my desire to volunteer they were stupefied at my announcement “to work for no pay”. They had a lot to say about this decision and I listened without saying a word. I am glad I didn’t let their words discourage me. Most of the sentiments were directly relative to money, of course. They could not wrap their mind around offering my skills for free (even if they weren’t directly related to the job); after all, nothing in life is free! Which brings me to my key point – If nothing in life is free and you believe this as they do, – then why is it so hard to be of service? When you offer a service you WILL get a return.

In the words of Earl Nightingale, “Success is not the result of making money; earning money is the result of success – and success is in direct proportion to our service.”