There is a big difference between doing work for free and doing something that provides a benefit of something other than money.
Keep in mind:
- If you love what you do, there is no rule that says you cannot do it in your “free” time out of enjoyment.
- Being good at one thing does not make you good at all things — even in the same discipline. Collaborations are a good place to push yourself beyond your comfort zone and develop new skills. Making you more valuable.
- Every time we teach others what we know, we reinforce what we’ve learned.
- There is always a lot to learn by working with others.
- Networking with people can sometimes be even more valuable than money. Collaborations create opportunities you would never have known about.
- Collaborative projects can lead to something that is much greater than the sum of its parts.
- Working with other creative people tends to boost our own creativity.
- We are a community built around people with something of value to give. And in all instances, you choose who you want to work with or the projects you want to collaborate on.
“One can gain knowledge without having experience. But one cannot gain experience without also gaining knowledge.” — Unknown