Charity is Worth Your Time

One of the struggles I have noticed many of my contemporaries have is Time Management.  This is an important issue, too, because as humans, time is our most valuable resource.  We can’t buy, trade for, or earn more of it.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone. 

In business, utilizing competitive advantages are how great companies excel past mediocrity.  Every company is different, and with the differences, come a wide variety of specializations, competitive advantages, as well as the negative counterparts (disadvantages).  No companies, however, have an advantage of time.  We all have the same 24-hour day, the same 365 days in a year.  The only comparable advantage that is time-related, is Time Management.

I once read a book called “4-Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss (and would highly recommend you do too).  In his book, Ferriss describes a multitude of ways in which he achieved a super-efficient lifestyle.  Delegation was one key to his success.  Just like Adam Smith described in “Wealth of Nations,” tasks are best done by those most qualified to complete them.  Ferris also talks about eliminating wasteful activities.  The “meeting to have a meeting” issue is addressed regularly as Ferris destroys the status quo of many corporate cultures.  By the end of the book, the reader likely does, in fact, realize they have been wasting much of their time with activities that really are not necessary.

Time Management is a skill always practiced, and never truly mastered.  If one were to say they have achieved 100% efficiency with their time, run the other way… they are lying!  With that being said, it makes sense that many Young Professionals often go through years of experimenting with which activities are best for the success of their career.  Unfortunately, charity is often overlooked.

Both the generation stigmas associated with Young Professionals, as well as published statistics say that their respective generations have shown that many YPs find value in giving back to their community.  They find value in knowing they made a difference. What many Young Professionals don’t often see is the business upside as well.  It can be difficult to see how helping a charitable organization, even with zero affiliation to their industry, can be very beneficial to their growth.  This is because the benefits of charitable involvement are often delayed or affect the long-term goals of Young Professionals.

Charitable organizations attract more followers and more influencers, with less effort/budget than any For-Profit company, hands down.  This is because people that are involved with charity usually have reasons beyond business or personal motives to be involved.  They are involved because of pure passion. They are involved because of the comradery, and being able to be around people with similar interests. In business, trust is achieved by being relatable to your clientele, so if you are passionate about your cause, it will show.

People in general are more apt to lower their guards and let others into their lives when sharing similar experiences and passions.  Why would anybody choose to work in any other environment? Charity is a gold mine for networking, and if you feel like you don’t have enough time, you’re wrong.