My son spent 4 hours the first day volunteering for the dog rescue outfit…and came home having loved every minute. As I mentioned, he loves dogs and I felt/knew this would innately appeal to his passion. So, he went back the next day for another 4 hours…and when I picked him up, they said they had paid others to work with them in the past who had not worked as hard as he did. (Wait, whose son is this????)
They said he just never stopped asking for things to do and that the dogs simply loved him–having become friends with some of the same dogs that bit others. They said they really wanted to try to find some funds to be able to keep him there, because they knew he was quietly wanting to get a job somewhere he could be paid.
He took a couple days off to continue the job search but went back for a full 8-hour day before the weekend. By the end of the week, they found some ways to begin financially honoring his great work…and claimed that he was now “integral” to the whole operation.
Lesson #3: Never underestimate what can unfold from spending time doing what you love and making a difference for people (serving) in your areas of passionate interest–even volunteer work!
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.