May 30, 2013, 6:00 am

How You Can Help The World Out

by: MD    Category: Other Financial Articles
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We’re always talking about taking from the world and getting the most out of life. We all want to get the most out of everything. And that’s awesome.

Now it’s our turn to give back.

I’ve been very fortunate in my life. I’ve had plenty of lucky breaks, was at the right time at the right place, and have had good people enter my life. I’m very appreciative of this. There are others out there that are victims of their circumstances or just can’t catch a break.

I want to help as many people out as I can. This is why I love writing about finance. Lately, I’ve been looking for more ways to be helpful in the community.

How can you help the world out around you?

I do a lot of stupid things. I drink more than I should sometimes. I pull pranks. I laugh. I have fun. However, I do believe that every single person has it in them to give back a little bit.

The last few years, I’ve been on a kick of giving back. Some ways are super easy. Others require a little bit of effort.

How can you help out in your community?

Donate blood.

This is a no-brainer. I’ve been donating blood pretty often the last few years. I go as often as I can. It only takes me a few minutes and someone in need of blood will hopefully have it.

This takes at the most, an hour out of your day. The only annoying part is watching the needle go into your arm. Then you just chill out, drink some juice, and flirt with the older nurses.

Find a clinic around your home and donate!

Donate time.

This is something that I’ve been looking into. There are many ways that you can donate your time to help out.

For example, back in high school we had to take religion class because it was mandatory. In this class, we would go downtown to feed the homeless sandwiches that we made.

You can also donate time with something more fun like volunteering to be a soccer coach.

Have you thought about donating time?

Mentor someone.

I’ve found myself mentoring many younger folks, from siblings to relatives to random friends.

The truth is that I wish I had a mentor when I was younger.

Now I have business mentors and life mentors, but I didn’t have much help when I was a kid. I was the oldest of the three boys, so I had to figure everything out for myself. I got in trouble and made all of the mistakes. My brothers and younger relatives reaped the benefits of my trouble. Now they get away with everything.

For example  I spent a good five years wasting time at the gym. My youngest brother Adrian started training in high school with me and he made zero mistakes because I made them all for him.

I mentor a few younger friends right now. I enjoy it because I love to see them grow and overcome challenges (from joining a gym to losing virginity).

Give it a try. Find someone at your job, gym, or community to mentor. Let them learn from your mistakes.

Perform random kind deeds.

Be nice to a stranger. Help someone out. Do something nice unexpectedly.

Random kind deeds go a long way. I got this idea from the movie, Pay It Forward.

It can be something small like holding the door open for someone or buying lunch for a co-worker.

Fight for a cause.

I think that cancer sucks, especially cancer in little kids. There was recently a charity run in Toronto. It was for a summer camp that’s for kids with cancer. It was a 10km run.

I sort of hate running. I have never been a runner, unless it was during a soccer game or as a warm up for something. So what did I do? I entered this race!

I paid the entry fee that was designed to cover the expenses of the event/go towards this charity and I showed up for the run.

With no experience on a freezing cold morning with a 5am wake up call, I managed to complete the 10km run in less than an hour. What made it worth it was knowing that the money went towards an amazing cause. Plus, I got a pretty cool Nike workout shirt out of it.

That’s how I’ve been trying to give back.

What’s your take on this? Do you ever try to help out in the community? I would love to hear some new suggestions.

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I’m really into the pay it forward movement right now. Sometimes it is the small things like holding the door open for some one and other times it is slightly larger like taking a homeless man with you in a fast food restaurant and allowing him to pick out what ever he wants off the menu. My biggest giving back moment I would have to say is the work I do with animals. Sure, they aren’t humans and I can’t donate blood for them or hold the door for them, but they are animals with beating hearts and emotions and feelings. There are races to raise money and awareness for them, programs to volunteer for, food to donate, and responsibilities to take on that others won’t like getting them spayed and neutered so more animals aren’t out on the street struggling to survive. You could argue that stray animals don’t know any different and your right. But as the population grows, more stray animals get run over, more fight for food, and more experience hardships. It is worth taking this into consideration along with the other acts of kindness you are considering, thinking about, and looking in to.

Inspiring post. These are very simple actions; anyone should be able to find time (or money) for one or two of them.

I could start doing a few things myself. Volunteering to walk dogs at the shelter up the street for one. Also sponsoring a child via a local organization that raises money for kids who can’t afford school. Been meaning to get to both of these things, so thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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