- You’re doing someone a favor.
- You believe in the cause.
- Trading services.
- It makes you feel good.
Who are these reasons actually serving?
The person or group you are volunteering for…or you?
If on any level you are doing it for yourself, your sacrifice isn’t big enough to constitute honest volunteer work. Sure, you might be giving away your time for free. But you’re not deferring your self worth or priorities entirely for someone else’s self worth or priorities.
Those who truly volunteer see something that needs to get done when no one else bothers…all without hope, expectation or even a distant thought that the outcome might benefit you. Volunteering involves giving up your time and talents without expectation of a return of any kind. Ever.
In many ways, volunteering has no reason. You just do. And that’s the point.