People often like to hear about the work that I do, and say things like,
‘It must be nice to have a purpose in what you do every day’, or
‘You must find it very rewarding’, or the almost condescending,
‘Is that your full-time role?’
The answer is ‘yes’ to all of those.
I see the longing in their eyes as they think about how amazing it would be to work in the not-for-profit world. Whilst I love it and I wouldn’t change it, here is my encouragement to you if you think that…
Don’t do it.
Not because charitable organisations are challenging places to work (which they can be), or because charitable organisations can be limited with funding to pay staff (which they can also be), but because not everyone should do it.
Here’s why you shouldn’t work for a charity. Whilst we could do with more great people who work for charities that are doing good, it is more important for the world to have more people creating amazing businesses and organisations – making as much money as they can, so they can give away as much as they can, to do the most good that they can.
Instead of working for a charity, create businesses people want to work at, that are known for their amazing culture and incredible generosity, and I guarantee that not only will you make a significant impact in the world, people will also say the same three things to you that they say to me.
In saying all of that, volunteer for a charity as much as you want.