An idea for you to consider
Would Bill Gates have done more good if he’d worked at a small nonprofit?
We don’t normally think of software engineering or investing as a path to doing good. However, Gates has had an incredible humanitarian impact through philanthropy and has already saved the lives of millions of people. I guess that compensates for the occasional blue screen of death that we have to deal with (sorry Microsofties 😉).
We have about 80’000 working hours in our career: 40 years x 48 weeks x 42 hours. Let’s face it: If we want to live a fulfilled life, our choice of career is an important aspect.
For most of us it is easy to get a job that pays the bills and some of us have the option to accept high-paying job opportunities. Yet, weirdly enough, even if we have the option to accept higher-earning job offers, we usually don’t think of earning more money as a path to doing good and contributing to a more fulfilled life.
Today I would like to challenge this perception by introducing the controversial idea of “earning to give”.
Earning to give is the idea of donating part of your income to efficient charities.
If you had the opportunity to accept a higher-earning position, you might have found yourself worrying that you won’t make a difference with your work.
However, depending on your situation, accepting a better-paid job offer and donating the surplus income to charity may have a greater social impact than working for a charity.
According to the earning to give strategy, as long as the job you’d accept:
- offers a personal fit
- doesn’t cause harm
- is higher-earning and has a good outlook
you should accept the offer and donate the income surplus to efficient charities.
A great TED talk for you
This TED talk is a must see for every entrepreneur and leader of an organization.
A quote for you to ponder
“The essence of trauma is loss of contact with yourself, loss of connection to yourself.” — Dr. Gabor Maté
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