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From Stefano Mazzocchi <stef...@apache.org>
Subject Re: volunteeritis
Date Sat, 29 Nov 2003 15:03:46 GMT

On 28 Nov 2003, at 00:20, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

> I just wrote about the importance of volunteerism.  However,
> I didn't want to let that go without also warning about the limits
> of volunteerism, namely volunteeritis.  That particular malady
> is found in the most well-meaning people you will ever meet --
> the people who simply want to help in whatever ways they can,
> but often without recognizing their own limits.
> Volunteeritis is what you get when you volunteer to do more than
> you can handle at any given moment.  There are hundreds of reasons
> for that, but what must be understood is that volunteering isn't
> always a good thing to do.  Even if someone else is ready to
> volunteer to do a task, they will often defer to those whom they
> consider more "senior" even when it is obvious that person is
> already overloaded.  The result is a task that is never completed,
> or at least not done anywhere near as quickly as it could have
> been done by someone else.
> So, my word of warning is simply this: if you are feeling
> overwhelmed by what you have volunteered to do, don't just
> let it grow on you.  Let others know -- encourage others to
> volunteer -- spend your time teaching them how to do things
> instead of just doing them yourself.



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