Be bold, embrace risks, do the hard things, and just have grace. Pick yourself back up.
This is a quote from Michelle Peluso, chief marketing officer at IBM, that I read in a recent issue of Fast Company.
For much of my life, I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur. Nearly seven years ago, I counted my pennies and then quit my full-time job to start my own strategy company working with nonprofits. (And not the rich nonprofits, like hospitals or universities, either.)
I didn’t think about it as being bold, per se. I knew it was a risk, but didn’t really think of it as bold. I know now that it kinda was. It’s often hard, but I do hold myself with grace most of the time (I think). And on those occasions when I’ve been knocked down, I sure as hell picked myself up and kept going. There’s too much at stake
I love to follow the Nonprofit Happy Hour group on Facebook. There are more than 27,000 people on there — unicorns they seem to call themselves — who are doing bold, brave, and risky things every single day. Some of them are in very small organizations with little support.
To me, they are brave and graceful. They’re trying to do good work for their organizations. They’re pushed around by idiotic executive directors and board members. But they hold themselves out there with grace.
It’s what we all have to do. And for those days when you’re not feeling so graceful, or you just don’t want to get up after being kicked in the dirt, know that you’re not alone.
Glenn is a fundraising strategist who loves working with small- to mid-size organizations that want to innovate and grow. Check out his website, and to find out how he can help you, email him. You can also follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
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