5 Ways You Can Use Your Job to Make a Difference

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Most Americans have to work, and often, that requires doing something that you hate — at least for a little while. Regardless of whether you enjoy your job or not, you need to work to make money in order to pay bills. Whether you love or you hate your job, most likely there are redeeming aspects of what you do.

If you are truly good at something, there’s a good chance that someone else could benefit from your hard work. Perhaps you are a teacher, a doctor, or a firefighter, and you make a difference every day, or maybe you feel like you work more behind the scenes. Either way, you can use your job to benefit others, and you don’t always have to do it because you get paid to. Here are some ways you can use your job to make a difference for someone else.

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1. Work for free

Pro bono work is common, and it’s a great way to make a difference. Sometimes you can save on your taxes for qualifying expenses, which is another bonus. However, the main benefit of giving out help for free — especially to people who might not be able to afford your services otherwise — is that you will make a difference to the people you help. There are many good reasons to work pro bono; it can make you happier, healthier, and it will help you connect with other people. These advantages are the same whether you are a lawyer or you are providing free help of some other kind. As long as you are helping people, you are making a difference.

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