Could a Break Make You a Better Do Gooder?
Variety is the spice of life, they say. A change is as good as a rest.
But in the world of the do gooder, we can’t lose focus! There’s so much need in the world; so much opportunity!
Or maybe we can.
Sometimes, the clarity that comes from stepping away from our quest for purpose can make us much better at it. It can be more valuable than all the persistence and determination in the world.
That’s what sabbaticals are for. In this really excellent TED talk, designer Stefan Sagmeister explains how they work for him and his employees.
During a recent interview with Jennifer Summerfeldt of Wild at Heart Coaching, I was reminded of a time in my life when this was very true for me.
After spending much of my teen years struggling to figure out what I wanted to be, I bailed right out for 3 years of traveling, working in resorts, and taking things as they came.
Then I returned to university with a clearer idea of why I was there. The change did me enormous good, and taught me things I would have never learned by keeping my nose to the grindstone.
And now, I’m doing it again. The past 3 years of being The Savvy Do Gooder have been great – the book, speaking engagements, events, projects, and conversations. They’ve also been very taxing. It’s time for a change.
Meanwhile, I am also having my first baby. So from July of 2013 to January of 2014, I will be a new mommy full-time. I’ll pre-post blog entries before I go, but do no professional work during that time.
I’m very excited about this; both for the obvious reasons, and because I suspect that it will give me a whole new outlook on my work when I come back to it.
What about you? Is it time to give yourself some time off the do-gooding hook? Could you do with a fresh outlook on things?