Are you giving back or merely writing about how you might?
On a daily basis, I read on LinkedIn near Herculean career transformations, and many lessons learned … but why keep it just to LinkedIn?
I have always made it part of my career to give back. Even in my early years in Australia, I joined the Rotary Club of Sydney as a way to give back and help out those less fortunate than myself, as well as those young leaders looking to get ahead.
There are many ways to give back – you can mentor young leaders, even having a cup of coffee to share ideas can be beneficial. I’ve done a range of things, from holding a live Skype chat to schools around the world, literally bringing my insights into the classroom, and I’ve also spoken at Universities.
More recently, I joined the Speakers for Schools program. Founded by journalist Robert Peston, they co-ordinate free school talks that share unique insights, spark inspiration and create exciting conversations for students with big questions for individuals who have come to be a leader in their field or industry.
I’m doing my 3rd talk at Ruislip High this Friday as part of the program.
So here’s a challenge. Instead of writing about how wonderful your career has been, take a few hours out of your schedule each month and give back for real, in a tangible way.
Someone out there is waiting to have their life changed by your insights.