It's never too early to help others, even if you're not sure you're exactly where you want to be. First, I'd ask yourself what your strengths are and list them out. Then, try to find an avenue to help people who may be weaker in these areas. For example, maybe you're great at algebra, even though you are not great at calculus. You can still help others who are not great at algebra!
Additionally, scientists have found that one of the best ways to learn a subject is by teaching it to someone else. When I was taking my intermediate accounting classes, I found it super helpful to tutor students in the intro classes, because it helped me learn the base concepts even better. They say you haven't truly learned something unless you can teach it to someone clearly.
Hopefully that helps, your question, if not just let me know and I'm happy to follow up
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It's great that you have an giving and altruistic attitude, and helping others can definitely be balanced with working on your own personal development!
One skill that you can develop while helping others is learn how to plan community events. They are a great way to start developing on professional skills like communication and organization, and you can start on a small scale (say, an event for 4 people) and as you learn and gain experience, move to a larger scale. I was a part of Key Club in high school, a volunteer group, and through them I started to organize and plan community events, and the skills I gained from those experiences I still use at work today.
The first step is to find a volunteer organization that is looking for help, and then volunteer when the opportunities come up. Hope this helps and wish you the best. Let me know if you have any questions!
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There is never not good enough when you have a open heart to help other while you are thinking you are not good enough. I do not believes it at all, why, because you already took the step of helping others. On top of it is while you are helping other you are also learning as well as development you skills also building yourself to become better.
If you want, you can start some volunteering with the community, organization, local group, and etc. As myself, my family is about giving back to the community, local group, organization because as you know most Asian family came here as refugee and immigrant and back then a lot of local group and organization did assist our family. So now we are older and could help and give back that is when we do it, it is about giving back as along as you are willing and not considering it as something you must do, free willing.
If you can start small and move on to big and bigger along the way.
It is always wonderful to help others! I encourage you to move forward and find ways to help. It can be very simple ideas like helping someone carry items to their car or volunteering at a local food bank to distribute food. You might find that helping others and learning more about other people's situations may change your outlook on yourself.
I know how you feel. It can sometimes be hard to know what value you can bring to others when you do not think positive thoughts about yourself. The funny thing is this - everyone has something to give to someone else. You have skills and talents that someone else needs. The best thing is that when you engage in helping others, it helps you. I know that the best thing that I did during the COVID lockdowns over the last year and a half was being on platforms like this, where I could just share what I was able to provide advice to individuals like you. You just need to start reaching out until you find a sense of purpose in what you are doing.
You will also learn allot about yourself and others through helping them. When we work we essentially get paid for the value we bring to people or the market. You are wise beyond your years and are already thinking on the right track. Put your mind to it and you can achieve anything.
And guess what? Future Tien is still going to be learning and occasionally making mistakes. That's the big secret of adulthood - we are never at a point where we've "made it" and get to sit back and never learn another thing. We're always learning, always changing, always gaining new skills, which means that we're going to be "bad" - aka be beginners - at something. That doesn't mean we give up; it means we keep on doing until we're proficient. So what you're doing right now is exactly the right thing; you're starting out, you haven't mastered the skill yet, but you will eventually do so.
Another thing to keep in mind is your own mental well-being. Don't work so hard that you burn yourself out or let yourself start feeling depressed or hard on yourself. Be kind to you! There isn't any shame in taking a step back for a short while to refocus, or even to enlist the support of a mental health professional, if needed.