Being a Lifelong LearnerNov 1st, 2013 | By Editorial Staff | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog
My husband tells me I need to sit on my hands and not volunteer so much. Sometimes I do wonder if I bite off more than I can chew with the giving of my time, but I’ve found that by volunteering I not only help a worthy cause, I help myself by meeting new people, learning something new and enhancing my critical thinking skills.
When I became president of WTRAA – the Women of the Towing and Recovery Association of America – I was very nervous and wasn’t sure if I could or should have taken on that leadership role. I have to say, it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. Talk about going outside of my comfort zone. Today I am more confident in speaking in front of my peers and although I didn’t always get along with everyone on my board of directors, I learned the skills to negotiate, to compromise and to delegate. While I wanted to do everything myself, I learned it just was not possible – I needed to count on others to carry the load and to get things done. A couple of other perks of my volunteer job was the fact I was able to travel to many parts of the country, meet wonderful men and women in the towing industry and to form lifelong friendships.
I believe we all need to be lifelong learners and critical thinkers if we want to be valuable to not only our towing businesses, but to all of the organizations we are involved in. We can’t ever stop learning and thinking of how we can change, improve and make better whatever situation we are in and what better way to help with that than to take on a volunteer position.
Like me, I think you will find that the saying “for it is in giving that we receive,” to be true.