Be Selfish—Volunteer: How to Optimize Generosity
As individuals, we want to make a difference and do something that has a sustainable impact on the community. In order to volunteer "properly," conventional wisdom tells us we need to be "selfless"—give back regardless of the circumstances and put other people’s well-being over our own ... but is selflessness sustainable? Or is this altruistic mindset actually part of why some volunteer opportunities go sour? Do we quickly lose our pro-bono mojo and start taking short cuts or disengage because we are not fulfilling on this virtuous aspiration? We all know what happens when we start to lose motivation to do our best work.
Join us as we explore an alternate approach to volunteering. We'll present the latest research and share real life experiences and case studies that explain why putting your needs first actually leads to a more successful and rewarding experience for everyone involved in the volunteer process.
- In this age of altruism, what's stopping people from volunteering?
- Does selfless volunteerism actually exist?
- What really motivates people to give back and is our current philosophy on generosity setting us up for failure?
- How can I kick-start my own career while making a huge impact doing what I love and want to do?
- Won't adopting this "selfish" idea make me look like a complete jerk?!
Brooke Rothman Avrett Free Ginsberg