Part 11 of the 12 part series on balancing your life.
When you are a business owner, it is important to give back to your community. You can do time based service, product donations, or fund raising events. I place this as the last item of the 10 items to consider when working towards a balanced life because you cannot, or should not try to get involved in your community until the other areas of your life are balanced. Once they are you will be in a much better place to give generously and without pretense. Don’t get me wrong, I think everyone should be giving back in some way at least once a month. It should be worked into your Monthly Method of Operation (MMO.) However if you are still trying to balance your life think on a smaller scale. Donate an hour of your time to a local organization needing volunteers, photograph a family portrait for someone who is flat broke, give a gift certificate to a local fund raising event. There are any number of things you can do. Once you feel like things are going fairly smooth in your life and career, then start to think about hosting your own charity event. They take a lot of hours, but if done correctly and with some sort of memorable twist you may find yourself in a position to raise quite a bit of money for whatever charity you are interested in helping. Right now I am in the middle of organizing a shootout for charity. I host these shootouts all the time and this is the first time I have decided to raise money for my charity. I’ll be sure to let you know the outcome. My charity is LETMESAIL, a local organization dedicated to helping the disabled and their families. The above is a photo I took of this summer’s Hoe Down Dance for the clients of LETMESAIL. If you want to find out more about the event I am hosting in May or would like to make a donation, please check out the website HERE or shoot me an email.
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