Service (work you do for the good of your community, organization, or polity that is unpaid and often uncredited) is where I put the entirety of my work and life experience into practice. It is where I have to bring all I have learned to bear in the most humble way possible. It is slow, hard, and often feels unrewarding in the short term. It is usually done from within a committee, with people who have other methods, agendas, and motivations. It is infuriating, then amazing, then infuriating all over again.
Make no mistake – for these and so many other reasons, I absolutely love service.
Service work is the ultimate in design, people. Do service. Always do some service. It keeps your head the right size while sharpening your every skill. If you can’t find service work to do, pick up one juicy pro-bono client. GIVE BACK and you will give yourself so much more. It reminds you that you cannot always be in the game for money or fame. If you can be of service to another person, you can be accountable, reliable, responsible: you can be a cherished resource, in essence. To develop high esteem (either from yourself or others), do esteemable acts. Be a community builder without expecting any credit. Honestly, it will train you to be a community leader far faster than anything else.