Monday, May 07, 2007

Starting over

Since co-founding a nonprofit three years ago (Evergreen Leaders) I've been a beginner at one thing after another. Even things that I've done for other organizations have me feeling like a beginner when I do them for the first time for EGL.

I've helped other organizations raise millions but today when I e-mail the board to tell them we need to raise $15,000 to create a website that can host a complete set of plans for annual and capital campaigns for other nonprofits, and serve as part of a platform for a book on nonprofit leadership, I feel like a beginner.

Reading Michele Martin's How to be a beginner was exactly what I needed as I wrap up my day this evening. Here are two good quotes:

  • Part of learning and growing, I think, is getting comfortable with being a beginner.
  • Be willing to fail publicly. This is the hardest one for me. I prefer to fail quietly, behind the scenes, not in front of an audience. But you don't get feedback when you always fail alone, so sometimes you have to be willing to take a risk where people can see you.
You can't get to the treasure unless you go through the wilderness.

Check out Michele's "The Bamboo Project Blog."

1 comment:

Michele Martin said...

Hi Rich--I'm glad you stopped by. I love your quote about needing to go through the wilderness to get to the treasure. That's something I try to remember all the time, although it's harder when I'm in the wilderness. Much easier when I've reached the treasure and I'm looking back on how I got there. :-)