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