Our United Way Marketing Intern, Logan Tallent, wrote this post. Enjoy!
“You’re going to die. You’re going to be dead. It could be 20 years; it could be tomorrow, anytime. So am I. I mean, we’re just going to be gone. The world’s going to go on without us. All right now. You do your job in the face of that, and how seriously you take yourself you decide for yourself.” –Bob Dylan
“About 85% of the millennial generation stated that they wouldn’t mind less pay if the company they were employed for was socially responsible and gave back to the community,” Jessica Best from Emfluence LLC, a digital marketing and platform services company in Kansas City, MO. recently tweeted.
Although much is said in a negative light about my millennial generation, I have to say this is one thing that we have gotten right in life. Bob Dylan said it perfectly when he stresses the hard truth about this life that we all have. To say it bluntly, when it’s done it’s done. We can’t take anything with us – our home, our clothes, our car, our money… that all means nothing in those final seconds.
However, the question that we should be asking ourselves is if we can’t take anything with us, what are we leaving behind us? I for one don’t want to simply leave behind a bunch of “things.” I want to leave an impact behind. I want others to be able to say that because of my time, because of my life, someone else’s life was better.
So what does this look like in the workplace and our everyday life? I’m not saying to give everything you have to the poor and go live in indigenous villages in Africa (although that does sound amazing ).Not everyone is made for that life.
I’m simply saying, in whatever you do; make sure you’re doing more than just grabbing a paycheck and going through the motions. Have a desire to want to do more than cross a few good deeds off your checklist every year. Generosity isn’t an action. It’s a lifestyle.
United Way has so many opportunities for the workplace to show you just what this looks like. Our goal isn’t to ask you for some money. Our goal is to show you what your money is doing for the community, to show you the impact you are leaving.
However, even greater than the financial impact, we show you how to live in generosity. Our partner agencies are in constant need of volunteers. There are kids that are in constant need of mentors. There are places that NEED help. There are women in homelessness that need a friend. The Triangle Area NEEDS real impact.
So again, I ask you the question, what are YOU leaving behind?
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