Disney Wants You to Volunteer

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You will probably hate your job and resent your boss in 2010. Haven’t we covered this?

I think you should feel lucky. Part of your salary covers the hassle and inconvenience of waking up in the morning and hating your boss. People in China don’t get paid to hate their jobs. They just get paid to work. Barely.

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Now I’m no psychologist, but I think you need more meaning in your life. Every career advisor suggests that you volunteer, including me, so it’s officially time to get off your butt. Volunteer. Make a commitment to your local community and spend time focusing on the needs of others.

Oh right, you have kids and your whole life is dedicated to the service of others. Whatever. Even Walt Disney wants you to volunteer. You can search on the website and sign up. It’s so easy — it’s almost not volunteering. Only in American can you teach your kids that volunteering comes with a Disney reward — unlike work, which only comes with a paycheck.

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I know that my life was infinitely improved when I started volunteering with Kalamazoo Animal Rescue. I picked up a few cats, but I also learned leadership skills and how to balance a budget — something I didn’t really learn in Human Resources. Whether it’s Disney or a local animal rescue, I think it’s important to meet new people, demonstrate empathy, and help those who can’t help themselves.

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