Being Less Stupid
Let’s face it: We’ve all made needless mistakes in our lives. Mistakes, even outright failures, can be building blocks for eventual success. Whether they are constructive or destructive depends on the lessons we take from them.
Herein lies the difference between merely ignorant and uninitiated or outright stupid: Stupidity is the quality of blithely ignoring what a situation is attempting to teach you.
When we’re a little less stupid, we open ourselves to opportunities and success that break boundaries and open new horizons. I’m taking on the mantra of being less stupid in my contributions to The Eight Principles Community.
Here’s to making more mistakes and being a lot less stupid!
My dad was a great one for taking “shortcuts” when driving. Even though the time between point A and point B differed only slightly between the main route and the “shortcut,” my dad was convinced he was way ahead — with less effort.
Lots of us think fundraising is like that. And there is no dearth of con-artists, all regaled in professional garb, who are only too willing to feed you that mindset. You know the ones. “Do this.” “Say that.” “Use this software.” I call them the maestros of tips, three easy techniques and five sure-fire secrets.
The implication is that, somehow, you can short circuit the effort required to create a fundraising future that lasts and grows with just a few quick tricks.
There are natural laws that govern philanthropy. We call them The Eight Principles®. Work with them or against them. You ain’t gonna change them.
My parting shot today is this: Successful fundraising is 90% thinking and 10% doing. All the quick tips available will never overcome faulty thinking.
Larry believes in the power of relationships and the power of philanthropy to create a better place and transform lives.
Larry is the founder of The Eight Principles. His mission is to give nonprofits and philanthropists alike the opportunity to achieve their shared visions. With more than 25 years of experience in charitable fundraising and philanthropy, Larry knows that financial sustainability and scalability is possible for any nonprofit organization or charitable cause and is dependent on neither size nor resources but instead with the commitment to create a shared vision.
Larry is the author of the award-wining book, "The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising." He is the Association of Fundraising Professionals' 2010 Outstanding Development Executive and has ranked in the Top 15 Fundraising Consultants in the United States by the Wall Street Business Network.
Larry is the creator of the revolutionary online fundraising training platform, The Oracle League.
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