Monday, September 14, 2009

29 Seconds

An Idea From Jerold Panas - 29 Seconds

Let me tell you about a characteristic I find in all of the great fundraisers I know. They love their work.

There is a willingness to pay the price – whatever the cost. Their work becomes something of an obsession. It burns like fire in their bones.

You’ve heard the dictum: No pain, no gain. Success is a moving target. Often, a fundraiser can feel a bit like Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s Odyssey “My life is endless trouble and chaos.”

There are the long hours, long days, some of which seem never to end. But still there is joy and exhilaration, fulfillment and an inner glow.

When you think about it, the reason is obvious. Fundraising has the power to dramatically impact society in a way no other profession can. And you’re an integral part of that noble pursuit.

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