Do you care about making a difference?
This question has been ringing in my head for days now. The question of my career and plans for the future is up in the air often lately as I pivot and change plans and try new things. It’s an exciting time and I feel like I’m growing a lot and learning new things. But am I making a difference? Does any of what I’m doing matter if it isn’t making people’s live better?
How to Make A Difference
There are lots of ways to make a difference in the world. The first step is to define what making a difference means to you, since it’s a different concept to everyone. Then you find ways to actually do things that make a difference.
Below I’m looking at the different ways I’ve considered this idea of making a difference.
Making A Difference With Your Career
There are lots of careers that are fulfilling because they make a difference to other people. From the medical field to being a teacher, there are lots of ways you can use your working hours to help other people. Maybe you work for a non-profit or you set aside a certain amount of hours for projects that matter. Or maybe your whole profession is about making a difference and helping people.
I’ve personally struggled with this area because it feels like my career has not touched this area. The work I’ve done in the past hasn’t fulfilled me in this area. I sometimes look at my friends who are doctors and teachers and psychologists and wish I was making a more tangible difference like they are doing.
Making A Difference With Volunteering
An obvious way to make a difference to other people is through volunteering. You can spend your time outside of work donating your time and skills to help people and organizations that need it.
In my past I volunteered a lot but it slowly tapered off as I spent more time blogging and working on side hustles. I miss that volunteering mentality and lifestyle that used to come easily to me. I plan on reconnecting with this part of my life and spending more time in volunteer work.
Making A Difference In Other Ways
Obviously you can make a difference in the world in other ways. Maybe it’s through a regular donation to a cause you care about. Maybe it’s through the way you raise your children and support them. Maybe it’s through a blog you started to help other people.
I like to think I make a difference with this blog. I recommend products and ideas that I’ve used to help me get out of debt and make major progress in my financial life. Sharing those things with other people will help them do the same thing. Changing your financial life can change your whole life, so it does feel like I am making a difference in a small way.
How do you make a difference?
Obviously it will vary from person to person and based on what you consider making a difference, but I want to know! How do you make a difference? How do you plan to make a difference in different areas of your life? Is it something you even think or care about?