"We've loved it here, but we have to quit."
Last October, Nancy and I sat down in our boss's bright, huge corner office and quit our six-figure jobs in higher ed fundraising.
We laughed nervously.
We cried more.
But we did it. We quit.
As the year anniversary of our last day of "work" and our first day of entrepreneurship approaches (November 1st! There WILL be wine!), I can't help but reflect.
Why did I quit?
People thought I was crazy.
I'd been there for 10 years.
I was leading the largest team.
I had a big, bright corner office.
I had insurance.
I had a pension. A pension! Money for life that keeps growing the longer you stay!?!
I liked my job. I loved my team. But...
I wanted to do more.
To help more people help more people.
To help fundraisers across the country raise more money.
To help nonprofits everywhere make more change.
One year later, it's happening.
Fundraisers Monthly members are getting more visits, having better conversations and raising...
That's right! We said it.
You. Are. A. BADASS!
We are still fan-girling over Jen's talk this week at super awesome Watermark Books in Wichita.
She was irreverent, honest, sarcastic and inspiring - all the things you'd hope for in an author who titles chapters: Love the One You Is, Your Brain is Your Bitch and Gratitude: The Gateway Drug to Awesomeness.
I keep a copy of Jen's 10 Secrets to Being a Badass in my office. Here are 3 of my favorites:
Happy Friday, changemakers!
This week while working on branding (for ourselves and some of your orgs), we came across this quote:
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
This feels especially resonant for fundraisers. Several of you have told us that it can be tempting to become a chameleon in donor conversations. (We've done it; it feels creepy.) Resist the temptation! As Emerson knew, you connect and inspire best when you are ... you.
We're reading: Derek Black, an heir apparent in the white nationalist movement, until he attended New College of Florida. There, he was invited by fellow students to a Shabbat dinner, which he attended that first night and regularly for the next two years. "Outreach and discourse won't magically solve the problem of hate. But without those private conversations with people I cared about, I might not have seen the weaknesses in my arguments....