I like quotes that make me think (and it is nice if they make me smile too!).
I thus collect ‘Quotes of the Day’ as conversation pieces for students to browse in classes I coach.
“It is the same with men as with horses: those which do the most prancing are generally the ones which make the least progress.” (Baron de Stassart, 19th Century Dutch-Belgian politician)
A cautionary tale for all politicians? Discuss?
A while ago, my best friend told me of a story she had heard where Mrs Gandhi once described two groups that she had routinely observed in the world: the group of those who wanted the credit and the group of those who wanted to do the work. The payoff line is that Mrs Gandhi recommended that if you wanted to join a group you should consider joining the second group – there is less competition and the queue to enter is shorter.
I think public reward and recognition is important and has its place, not least to encourage others to get involved. But I do believe it should come from respecting effort and skill applied for the benefit of others.
And my personal experience is that, if you can find the energy and opportunity, making a difference is its own highest reward.
Question? How can we create a supportive culture to encourage volunteers, appropriately recognise their voluntary contribution – BUT – still recognise that people need to make a sustainable living before they can test their energy and commitment to this ‘additional’ effort?