Volunteerism and giving back can surprisingly become your biggest career boosting asset. And it's a natural life additive.
I started my first business at age 10. Ever since I was in my late teens and running a business, I have been interested in giving back, volunteerism, and public service. That said, I never wanted to be an elected official. Still don't. I thought elected office was great, but I decided to let all of my friends go out and do that. I wanted to be a capitalist with a heart. I wanted to create wealth, and to help others to do the same. I wanted to create jobs, which is my version of active philanthropy.
I wanted to do well so I could do good, and for the longest time I did just that while in the private sector business world. I thought I was the real giver here. I had no idea how wrong I was about to be. I now know I was the active receiver. A receiver through giving.
Looking back now, I got so much more than what I gave. And you could too. There is a magical return on investment with genuine giving.
While I was still a teenager and without a lot of real adult responsibility, like family and regular bills, I gave fully 25% of my time to volunteerism. Impractical maybe for most adults, but your kids can do this, right now! Just like I did back then. And I went to school, ran a business, andvolunteered too.