Tag Archives: Effort

What we need from you

What we need from you isn’t better thinking, more analysis and caveats, the low-probability risks you’ve explored, and how you’ve smoothed the edges. What we need from you is the fearlessness to put your best ideas out in the open, … Continue reading

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Easy, Hard

I’ve noticed over my last six years of fundraising how different new relationships can take different paths – often self-reinforcing. Sometimes, despite everything you do, it’s just hard.  I remember a few years ago one donor who, no matter what … Continue reading

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Two runs

I just got back from vacation, which, when I’m not running after our three little kids, affords some time to exercise regularly.  I’m still running with my “barefoot” Vibram shoes (which I love, and which are the reason I’m back … Continue reading

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Above and beyond

No one’s going to tell you that now’s the moment.  

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Synchronized parking

Walking down West 15th street at 8:50am the other day, I watched a big NYC street sweeping truck rumble down one side of the street.  That side of the street was clear of cars because of New York’s alternate-side parking … Continue reading

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We can’t argue about pinball any more

It was my first summer internship at my first real job.  One day at lunch I had a mock-heated discussion with a colleague about whether pinball was a game of skill or luck.  I argued for “skill” and as evidence … Continue reading

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The work of blogging

The days I’m not ready to write, the days I don’t feel like I have something to say, the days that I have to burn the midnight oil, the days I have to scramble….those are the days I’m doing the … Continue reading

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Be a Sawgot (SWGTD)

Are you a “sawgot,” Someone Who Gets Things Done? If you’re not now, what would it take? With an ever-shifting economy, and all of the challenges in the job market, I can think of few skills more universal than being … Continue reading

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Darn breakthroughs

Turns out they only happen after you’ve been chipping away for so long and working so hard, you almost forget what it felt like when you started. Next chisel, please… : : : : : : : : : : … Continue reading

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