Building a career is a two-way street. If you want to contribute to society as you simultaneously contribute to your own wellbeing, not to mention the aspiration to create something that lasts, the most important thing is to be a giver. On your way to success, you will build bridges between you and other people and sometimes even build bridges between other people. A true “alpha” in society is not the strongest or the smartest among the rest – it is the person that has a clear goal, determination and an idea about the sense of collective and a feeling of obligation to contribute to that by selflessly helping others. If you want to be that person, here’s how to be helpful to other people through your work.
Life is a teacher and so are you
Experience is the biggest teacher, so the older you get the more “qualified” you are to bestow some sort of knowledge upon others. In a way, we all end up as teachers, especially if we become parents. The transfer of knowledge is one of the basic matters that kept humans alive throughout history and civilization thriving. This is why the job of a teacher is a noble calling. It’s a very palpable and direct way to help others, especially since you get to see the first-hand account of someone thriving on your knowledge. On the one hand, the modern world necessitates the acquisition of a degree in teaching if you want to contribute in this manner through typical channels. On the other hand, if you don’t have time to go to a university in order to become qualified for a teaching position, there are other means of contributing – you can do childcare, work with kids, and assist teachers. Finally, many people become “caretakers” and “nannies” for small kids as soon as they reach their teens and some of them continue down this path as they enter adulthood too.
Add more to your life
Sometimes we get caught up in career paths that do not lend us the opportunity to truly help other people, at least not in direct ways. For example, you might be a programmer in a video game company with a solid salary. While you enjoy your work, it does not give you a chance to interact with other people and contribute constructively to their life. Creating a social cobweb is something we all tend to do throughout our lives and the larger that cobweb becomes the greater the chances are to increase the quality of your own circumstances as well as to create opportunities. If you want to help others directly, you can find solid platforms for support worker jobs which will connect you with people that are in need of assistance. While you can technically reap numerous rewards from this, the most valuable ones come in the form of relationships that will be born out of something positive and constructive.
A leader takes initiative
If you have painstakingly built your career and reached an important managing position in a company, it is usually a good sign that you have what it takes to help others. Still, many career climbers tend to be very self-absorbed and selfish, so if you feel as if you are missing out on something as you look out only for yourself, this is usually a good sign. If you are an entrepreneur, a leader, a manager or an owner of a company, be proactive and take initiative to organize activities, charities and create venues to help others. Of course, it is not your responsibility to sort out the lives of other people, but some of them can actually use your power and influence as a springboard to help themselves. You don’t have to be a doctor in order to help others. There are numerous platforms around the world that can move mountains with a bit of financial or infrastructural help from powerful individuals. In turn, you get a ripple effect that creates a more stable environment where, at the end of the day, your own company can thrive even more. This is how charity is a quid pro quo arrangement.
Finally, it goes without saying that becoming a doctor, a nurse, a psychologist or a medical researcher is the most sophisticated, direct and obvious ways to be helpful to other people through your work. It’s quite a profound experience to see how your medical expertise affects individuals and their wider social circles – including their families and friends. It’s an undeniably ennobling line of work, you just have to be careful about avoiding the traps of vanity. While being a medical research scientist does not put you in direct contact with other people, the very nature of that work teeters on the cutting edge of contributing to society at large, which renders it both exciting and invigorating.
We live in a day and age when so many jobs involve a degree of isolation from other people. Modern technologies and social media might have connected us, but they have also contributed to the feeling of alienation. This is why it is becoming increasingly hard to value the need to contribute to society. If you are doing work that is not beneficial for others in its nature, it does not mean that you cannot contribute more directly in different ways. The mindset that you have to adopt is the one where you always make the first step. It’s only after you realize that the world is better off if you adopt responsibility for life and try to help others will you finally understand that this is the best way to help yourself. No man’s an island and building bridges will always leave you with numerous life solutions.