I am often asked (or at least I fantasize that I am often asked), “Michael, if you had only one piece of advice to give to someone running a nonprofit organization, what would it be?”
To which I reply, “EASY! All you have to do is follow this one simple idea –just do this one thing and keep doing it and do nothing else and you’re golden. That’s all you have to do, this is what it boils down to – one, simple little thing.”
Here it is… The one thing you need to do…
Get up at 5 a.m. and exercise because you’re going to need lots of stamina because you have more things to do than can possibly get done and then have three gallons of coffee and then start working by sending millions of e-mails and then call everyone you know and book meetings with all of them because the work you do is brilliant and important and is changing the world and they need to get involved because you can’t do it without them and IT’LL MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER AND ANYWAYS WHAT IS LIFE UNLESS YOU ARE DOING THINGS OF GREAT BEAUTY AND WORTH and then take a short break, drink some more coffee and then write gorgeous words of infinite meaning that convey the work of your nonprofit organization and post those words all over the blooming internet and then think and plan and dream and return e-mails and return calls and review budgets have bunches of face-to-face meetings where you SPEAK ABOUT GLORIOUS THINGS AND MAYBE RAISE SOME MONEY TO UNDERWRITE YOUR AMAZING PROGRAMS THAT ARE DOING SO MUCH GOOD FOR SO MANY PEOPLE and then go home, watch The Office, feed the dog, enjoy your family, and go to bed.
That’s it folks! The magic formula — the secret’s out — the one thing you need to do every day for nonprofit success and glory. No need to thank me, just go forth and apply.