For many working in and talking about Lifestyle Design, there are 2 key features that inhabit their dreams of creating that ideal lifestyle. These 2 things are:
- Having time to do the things they love and
- Giving back to a community
Here are 7 ways to live an ideal life and give back to your community:
Make your business a GOOD business – By combining authenticity and effectiveness you can create a business model that is not only profitable but also good for the world. This can include making your business more energy efficient, placing better benefits and revenue shares to employees, using profits for local and global causes or even employing those less fortunate and giving them the skills to succeed.
Kiva – My favorite sentence from the Kiva about page is their mission statement:
“Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.”
By lending in increments of only $25 you open the door to creating new businesses for people all over the world. Plus the money is meant to be paid back at which point you can assist a new business adventure. Look for opportunities for everything from Food Production to Auto Repair business to small jewelry enterprises to taxis.
Value Packed Freebies – We all need to sustain a living online, but we can also create currency, the internal kind, by giving back to the community that helped shape who we are. Think about guest posting, writing a manifesto or a how-to guide that a newcomer to a community will thoroughly enjoy, destroy and leverage to create their ideal lifestyle, business, blog or other venture. This will add value, trust and expertise to your own name and you are helping to save a soul from another day doing things they hate and despise.
Community Involvement – Not everyone wants to start a nonprofit and not everyone needs to. Where you have an advantage living an ideal lifestyle is time and leverage. Use your spare time and leverage your community to help a local cause. From a Twitter donation week to getting computers or school supplies, there are plenty of local nonprofits that would love the help you can bring to their organization with the touch of a few buttons, an email, tweet or blog post. Be sure to follow through on promises. (Tip – find great nonprofits through Guide Star and great causes at Change.org.)
Mission Trips and Voluntourism – Many of those in a freedom business position are in it for the travel. Why not use this travel for good? There are countless mission trips available that last from a few days to a few months. These give great opportunity to not only see the world but give back through education, hard work and inspiration. If you are in the mindset of surfing on Tuesday and saving the world on Thursday, voluntourism may be something in your outlook. These trips are usually a few weeks long and include half work and mission trip and half vacation – travel – exploration. Some great resources are
Free Versions on Premium Products – I remember when I first started Internet Marketing I ran into a site called SEO Book. It looked amazing. At the bottom of the sales letter for the eBook it had a link for a free copy for nonprofits. I thought this was genius and I have been an advocate ever since (they no longer have this business model). Give your knowledge and education away for free to organizations that may not be able to pay you a premium. For digital products there is essentially no loss and hopefully you get an advocate and a nonprofit that is able to take your strategies and strengthen their organization to give back to the community.
Participate – This has nothing to do with saving the children of the world, but has to do with the community you invest in. Give back to those that got you where you are today. Speak at free events like BarCamps. Answer comments, Tweets and emails. Really, by not being a dickhead, you are giving back to your community as you provide sincere value to them, thus, in turn; they grow stronger and can help others.
There are countless ways for people to give back to their community and save the world. What really matters is what you are doing to impact your community and your world. I would love to know how you are using your life, your lifestyle, your business and your influence to save the world. Please post your responses in the comments and we’ll be sure to listen and participate!
This post was written by Greg Rollett from Rock Star Lifestyle Design, where he talks about Internet Marketing and Lifestyle Design for 20-somethings and all aspiring lifestyle rock stars. Email him or catch him on Twitter.
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