How do I make this a job?
I once had an intern who told me he wanted to get a job working in finance and volunteer making a difference on the side.
It made me sad that he couldn’t imagine a future where making a difference gave him the same amount of money and social acceptance as a job in finance.
The Wikipedia definition of a job is a paid position of regular employment. Instead of looking for someone to employ me to make the difference I want to make in the world, I’ve got into the habit of looking for people to pay me to make the difference I want to make in the world. Understanding that most people WANT the difference I want to make was a game-changing moment for me. As soon as I realised people want an event industry which is good for the environment and community but were employed by people to focus on something else, I realized I had a service to offer. My service was being in action to make a difference. I wish the intern could have realized the difference he wanted to make was valuable to people. Instead, his future may be paying someone else to make the difference for him.