Is making a difference whilst making a living really possible or is it too good to be true?
Nurses, teachers, social and care workers are all professions that want to contribute to people’s lives but many don’t necessarily make decent earnings in relation to their contributions. In fact making an ethical and worthwhile difference in our society has virtually become synonymous with not really making much of a living. There are people working really really hard to make ends meet and make a difference at the same time and yet in reality not getting much of a living for themselves or their family. Maybe that’s one of the reasons it sometimes seems making a lot of money is felt to be slightly dirty, or even in some cases (and bankers are in the news a lot right now) heading towards filthy!
I watched DIY SOS on TV last night. I’m a sucker for these type of shows. I love to see people’s lives improved. The formula:- Take one family living in desperate circumstances in a hell hole, a situation where the problems are accelerating out of control and there seems no way out, get in a modest TV construction and tradesman team, enlist an enormous army of local volunteers who want to help (and the chance to be on telly), transform the house in 10 days. Happy family and lots of happy tears. Result!
So why do I like programmes like this? They are uplifting programmes that let you know that despite the gloomy reporting of the news that we can do nothing about, there are lots of things going on that make a real difference to people’s lives. Yet there’s no getting away from the fact that we all need money to live, and the stresses of doing that can cloud our ability to actually live in the way we really want to.
Going back to the TV show, the TV tradesman’s team have got the best deal. They are making a difference whilst making a living. On the other hand the rest, the army or of volunteers, are actually foregoing a living whilst making a difference. Ok, I know that’s a one off, but it does seem
- If you can make a difference whilst making a living it generally ain’t much of a living
- And that sometimes the only way to make a real difference is to actually forgo a living (charity work and volunteering etc.)
Our society has a hierarchical setup for rewards (and decisions – but that’s another topic!). The guys at the top earn all the dosh and the further down you go the more people there are and the less to be earned. To earn more requires moving up a rank to where there are less people. This is why I love network marketing. Take an ethical product, one you know can change people’s lives for the better (and there are a lot of them out there) then take it out into the world and share it. You get to transform people’s lives and make a living at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the top or the bottom of the organisation if you work hard and smart you’re rewarded. So you can make a living whilst making a real difference. Result!
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