When you decide to take on a project or a particular activity, who are you doing it for?
When you join an organization with the hopes of giving back to the community, who are you doing it for?
When you go out of your way to help someone whether at work or on your daily commute, who are you doing it for?
Anything you do in life, are you doing it because YOU want to do it or are you doing it to impress someone else. Throughout my years of university and even being employed, I’ve heard people say they’re only doing a particular activity so that it can look good on their resume/LinkedIn profile. Crazy, right? So they only want to appear well-rounded and interested in certain projects in hopes that their employer will fancy them.
There are also other individuals who will only do kind acts of service to post on their social media pages. Therefore, they can appear to their friends and other followers as a certain type of person, when in reality they couldn’t give a damn. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with posting about volunteer work if your message is to inspire others to help those around them. But I know you guys can understand where I’m coming from when persons “do it for the gram.”
Personally, I cannot participate in something unless my heart is in it. For instance this blog which was started to inspire people and change the way in which we think about certain topics. I’m not doing this for anyone, I’m doing it solely for me because I feel like this is my purpose. Gaining followers, receiving feedback (comments/likes) are all a part of the process and make me feel great on some days. But it isn’t all about that; yes I want to reach more people, but I also want to feel good about what I’m doing and put out posts which I find inspiring.
I urge you to remember as you continue on in life and the choices that you make, DO IT FOR A CAUSE, NOT FOR APPLAUSE. Dig deeper and ensure that the purpose of this project/activity is meaningful for you and simply not to impress other people.
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