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To succeed, you need to be easy to start and hard to stop. ~ unattributed
It’s been one year since I started The Other Bottom Line. And in that time, I’ve:
- provided one organization with their fund development history and 3-5 year strategy.
- worked with another organization as a bum-in-a-seat employee.
- facilitated the process to find a sponsor for, and drafted a gift agreement for another.
- helped another consulting company conduct searches for two non-profits.
The in-between times haven’t always been easy. I’ve had my hopes dashed a few times. I’ve spent some time playing the ‘Hurry Up and Wait’ game. I’ve been disheartened.
When I have wanted to give up, I kept going by:
- Documenting processes and accomplishments; referring to them often.
- Doing the things I vehemently didn’t want to do; moving them to the top of the list.
- Sacrificing the fluffy things. You’d be amazed how much you don’t really need.
- Being generous. Sharing knowledge and expertise.
- Celebrating the wins. Learning from the losses, then moving past them.
- Being open. Asking questions. Listening to others who have been there.
~ DIANA’S ENORMOUS BOOK OF QUOTES ~
How do you ensure that you’re easy to start and hard to stop?