Do What You Need to Do And Don’t Give Up

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. -William James


It takes vision, time and a whole lot of work

The other day, I read a post on a blog that I have been following for sometime about a woman who has had to get a ‘regular job.’

For the last couple of years, she’s been working on a small business that she believes in and is very passionate about.

She has given it all she’s got but it isn’t making enough money to support her family’s lifestyle.

It’s not an issue of them living beyond their means – they are happy to have a roof over their heads, food in their tummy and a little extra for their savings.

I know what it feels like to be passionate about something, so with the intention of encouraging her, I commented, “Do what you need to do, but don’t give up on your dream.”

And that’s exactly what she’d doing.

We live in a ‘All or nothing’ world. If we can’t have everything the way we think it should be right away, we question the validity of our dreams.

I think the same is true of non-profits. Yes you should have a vision statement.

And yes, you should act now in a way that supports your vision.

But you can’t do so beyond your means.

And you can’t rush your learning curve – it takes time to grow.

And you can’t do anything without a whole lot of hard work.

In other words, be patient, do what you need to do and don’t give up on your vision.

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  1. Tracy Lee Karner

    I agree. Perseverance is so important. Success is often the result of simply not giving up.

    Patient endurance doesn’t look heroic, it looks painful, which is why it doesn’t get any press. Media tends to cut right to the last seconds that lead to victory. They don’t film the years and years and years that it took for people to achieve their goals!

  2. Wyrd Smythe

    Oh, my, yes! Very good point about our “all or nothing” world! So very true — it even manifests in how people think about problems sometimes and gets in the way of compromise. But many of the greatest things are created slowly, slowly, slowly over time (until you look back and realize how far you’ve come). One of the greatest sights in North America — The Grand Canyon — was created slowly with just water!

    • The Other Bottom Line

      Ha! well hopefully one wouldn’t have to wait as long as it took to form the canyon but…

      I was thinking of a particular new non profit that was trying to implement the infrastructure of a 20-year-old organization it was familiar with in their first couple of years.

      They just didn’t have the resources, foundation or public awareness of the older organization.

      Some things take time to grow and most times a whole lot of work is needed.


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