Having that Edge
I understand that the people who join the nonprofit industry have a giving heart and love to help others. For some reason, I feel that we take some unofficial oath that we need to be nice all the time. Being professional and achieving results requires us to wait in line. The grant needed to sustain the efforts will be given if we’re patient and follow all the rules.
Well, in case you were wondering where you can find those rules at, don’t worry. None of those rules exist. I’ve learned over my career to not under or overestimate people or a situation; but I’ve also been told that I’m too nice, and I’m easily taken advantage of.
In the podcast, I speak of how I had to change. I had to bring out what the Atlanta Falcons failed to do in the 2nd half of their 2017 Super Bowl appearance. They failed to bring out the junkyard dog.
The junkyard dog doesn’t get the attention. He or she doesn’t get the doggy treats. The junkyard dogs have that edge. They don’t live a comfortable life. Their bark is mean and bite is ferocious. Therefore, no one underestimates them.
We as nonprofit professionals need to have the same mentality. Working in the schools is a dogfight each year, so I can’t take anything for granted. I couldn’t rest on last year’s success. I knew if I didn’t bring out the junkyard dog mentality and fight for my purpose of being there, people wouldn’t take me serious and my opportunity was gone.
Keep your edge all the time. Don’t believe anyone who tells you it will be a ‘walk in the park.’ Grants are guaranteed. Donations aren’t given- they’re earned. And to keep it real, all relationships will be earned so have an edge that tells people you will deliver on your promises.
The Problem: the junkyard dog doesn’t always come out
The Challenge: bringing the heat while staying professional
The Solution: use your why and never forget it
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Dream Big and Godspeed.