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๐—›๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ข๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต

โ€œ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’‡๐’Š๐’”๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’† ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’…๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’๐’… ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’‘ ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’”.โ€
โ€“ Satyam Abhijeetverma

As a founder, you face many challenges which may cause frustration and fear. These feelings come from a lack of control and a sense of futility.

As a professional, you may be facing layoffs (it's hard whether giving or receiving them) and have those same feelings.

One way to regain some control and to rediscover value may seem like contrarian thinking in an existential crisis โ€“ reach out to help others.

Many personal and emotional benefits occur from directing some of your energy to improving others' lives.

There will be numerous opportunities to support others โ€“ your staff, the community, and other aspiring founders could use your help.

"๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’๐’‘ ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’”๐’• ๐’“๐’†๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’… ๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’†๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’„๐’‰๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’†๐’˜ ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’• ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’†." โ€“ Arnold Schwarzenegger

In high school, I compiled a manual on volunteerism. In the introduction, I wrote, โ€œVolunteering is selfless and selfish.โ€

Our advisor, who I still remember fondly, insisted I remove the word โ€œselfishโ€. He thought it seemed inappropriate.

Years later, I still respectfully disagree โ€“ you gain a lot by helping others.

Here are some of the many benefits:

Perspective: Supporting others reveals new viewpoints from othersโ€™ lives. Finding ways to help them develop may also apply to us.

Skills: Assisting others can hone your skills around leadership and communication and you may learn about different industries or systems.

Networking: Serving others brings new professional relationships (e.g. through volunteer boards). You may even make friends.

Purpose: Volunteering can create a new sense of meaning which may offset the temporary discouragement of entrepreneurship.

Fun: Assisting based on your interests can be enjoyable. I volunteered at some amazing productions which I eagerly would have watched anyway.

While it may feel thereโ€™s no time to help when you're preoccupied, remember that a full schedule is not necessarily a fulfilling life.

In times of great pressure, consider pushing your own boundaries. It may feel silly to add more to your plate, but it really can be energizing.

Helping others is a way to also help yourself. If you gain by making othersโ€™ lives better, thatโ€™s a meaningful life. Give and grow.


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