JD Dukes is a business expert who has provided clients with management and financial advice for years. Although JD is considered as one of the best in his field, his real passion lies in helping those who are in need—poor families and children, the homeless, orphans, and the elderly. He believes that no matter how successful one is, life would still feel incomplete if you are not doing something to help the less fortunate—or that you will eventually feel like something’s still missing in your life despite your success and financial abundance.
For those who give out of their own accord, the reward is in the giving itself. Nothing can make you feel more fulfilled than seeing the joy on the face of someone you have helped. And help doesn’t always need to be in the form of cash. There are so many other ways that one can help if only you take the time to look around you and see other ways that you can help.
The rewards of giving work both ways
For someone on the outside looking in, the rewards of giving are only felt and experienced by the recipient or beneficiary. But for someone on the inside, like for the one giving assistance or doing volunteer work, the rewards of giving are felt more strongly by the giver.
For JD Dukes, the benefits of giving far outweigh any amount of money he has donated or the amount of time he has spent doing volunteer work. There’s nothing more fulfilling than knowing that somehow, in your own small way, you’ve helped make another person’s life just a little bit better. Imagine how far that little bit can go if everyone pitched in for a common cause.
Helping those who can’t repay you
There’s a vast difference between helping someone you know and giving assistance to a stranger—someone who doesn’t have the means to repay you. When you help a friend or a member of your family, even if you say that there’s no need to pay you back, there’s still that huge possibility that the favor will be returned sooner or later.
When you help a stranger; someone seeking assistance through a charity or non-profit, a child in foster care, or the elderly in hospice care, for example, they may never be able to pay you back. When you join a group for volunteer work, the common cause is what drives you to do what you’re doing—to share your time and resources—knowing that you may never be repaid for your volunteer work. But you know what? It is this being freed from the obligation of seeking repayment that actually gives you a deep sense of fulfillment.
JD Dukes believes that whatever you give of your time or resources, you should immediately let them go the minute you give them away. Keeping a mental record of everything you’ve given will take away from the beauty of charitable works.
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