So ... You're a Fundraiser!
Mastery is learning to recognize when you are on a plateau and working hard to love that plateau while forming a community with others to learn, improve yourself and then slowly work toward the next level of mastery. It’s a tricky balancing act because you can’t go after mastery too hard. If you do, you become an obsessive.
You just have to make slow and steady progress every day. But you also need to keep learning. And you need to see what success looks like. What are you shooting for? Is it the development director role? The chief development officer role? Your own consulting firm? What do you need to know to get there?
How do you attain fundraising mastery? Love the plateaus, and continually strive to be better through:
1. Instruction: This means reading blogs, books, and attending webinars and workshops to succeed. What was the last workshop or webinar you attended? What did your last conference teach you? What was the last fundraising book you read? What was the best fundraising book you read recently? And if you can’t remember the last fundraising book you read, the last workshop or the last webinar, it’s probably time to learn again.
2. Practice: This means going back and applying what you learned as quickly as you can — even volunteering with another nonprofit if your current one doesn’t let you do everything that you’d like to try.
3. Surrender: Know that you’re not going to get it right the first time or even the first 10 times. You need to just love the process. Everybody fails, even big shots. You never really stop failing. Your failures are part of your learning. If your boss or your team can’t accept that, they need to read this book.