Giving back is among the most important and valuable things an entrepreneur can do. Period.
Here’s an important life lesson: no matter how tough you think your life is there’s always someone who has to face challenges that are even tougher than yours.
And it goes in many different directions. Not only basic things like making money, getting food, or having a place to rest at night, but also the possibility of taking part in some entrepreneurial projects or getting proper education.
For most people in the US, Europe, East Asia, etc. these things are much less challenging. With the internet at hand we can take part in almost any project imaginable, compile a team of people of different professions and talents, and start immediately.
We can get a coffee at Starbucks, or a steak at the nearest steakhouse, and so on. But what would you do without electricity or a place to buy some clothes, not to mention getting a computer with internet access?
And I’m not talking about giving back in terms of “offering a cheap product,” or “doing something for free in exchange for advertising space.” This isn’t giving back. This is simply business
Giving back is where you give, and then nothing happens. No benefits for you, no recognition, nothing tangible gets sent your way. Your biggest and sole reward is the realization that you’ve made a significant change in someone’s life. And if not “significant” then a positive change nevertheless.
This post is not designed to help you make your business grow, but it will help you grow as a human being and make a lot of other people happy if you decide to take action on the advice here.