The only way to get things done is to take control of the situation and move forward. Success may be incremental. However, you get nowhere if you wait for something to happen.
From the time we were in grade school, we were taught to wait until asked. That works in some social situations, but it surely doesn’t work for building something of value. You have to take control. You have to stand out.
“But I might fail,” you say. So what? Is that worse than not trying?
And the good news — failure almost always leads to ultimate success.
We’re masters at rationalization. We tell ourselves all sorts of lies. They give us comfort.
Here are some of the most popular for those who would like to build a strong fundraising program but lack the guts to try:
“We don’t have. . .”
- enough time
- enough money
- engaged leadership
- sufficient experience
Balderdash! These are all false.
Go ahead and try. You’ll thank me for it.
To your fundraising success!
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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