Giving Back

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Success!Ezine For You



E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Original Copyright © 2012

You spend a lot of time building your career, but how much are you giving back? Even very successful folks who have ample time and money to contribute often are lax in helping others. Don’t be one of them. Make time to make a difference.

  • Donate Time

Time is valuable. When you mentor someone, volunteer to help an agency, serve on a Board, or staff the phones or a table at a special event, you are making an important contribution to the organization. You give it the extra hands or consultation it needs to carry out its mission. Even well-staffed, well-established organizations need your help because you can provide unique input and perspectives it wouldn’t get otherwise.

  • Donate Money

Money talks. Organizations can have the best of intentions, but can’t operate without funds. So your contribution means a lot, no matter how small. Find a cause you believe in. Donate as generously as you can. As a child, many people learned the habit of sharing some portion of any money they got with someone in need or a worthy cause. As adults, it’s now routine for them to allocate funds from each paycheck or monetary gift they receive to their “philanthropy” fund – making it possible for them to donate generously to those causes and events that they care about. You can help others locally, nationally, or around the world. And the fact that your donation usually is tax deductable is an added benefit.

  • Leave a Legacy

While it’s intensely rewarding to give while you’re alive to see how your efforts and money are helping others, let your resources continue to do good work in your name once you’re gone. People often find this discussion a little creepy because they don’t like to think about their mortality, but we’ve grown as a society to the point that many can designate funds to help a given cause after their death. Think this is only for “rich folks?” Think again. Many legacies are quite doable, even for folks of more modest means. How about a book scholarship to help a struggling student? Camp tuition to expose a kid to new experiences? Some portion of college fees if you can’t swing a full scholarship? And if you have greater means, how about contributing to research or future building projects? The possibilities are endless. What matters is the perpetuation of your support – and your name – in association with your cherished causes.

Success means building yourself but also helping others along the way. Make your money – but make a difference too!


About the Author:

Dr. E. Carol Webster is a clinical psychologist consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
She is author of the book for those dealing with the stress of success ―
Success Management: How to Get to the Top and Keep Your Sanity Once You Get There,

The Fear of Success: Stop It From Stopping You! ―
the book to help you overcome fears that may be holding you back in your life and career
The Private Practice of Clinical Psychology in: Voices of Historical & Contemporary Black American Pioneers
To contact Dr. Webster visit online at or call 954.797.9766.

E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Consulting
Mailing Address: 7027 West Broward Boulevard, #262  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

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