Every now and then I come across some great/inspirational quotes that relate to fundraising (or even life in general). This week, I thought that I’d share some of my favorites:
- “Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great.” John D Rockefeller
- “Everyone wants to be great. Very few people prepare to be great.” Bo Eason, Retired Houston Oilers player
- “You need to have a ‘stop doing’ list to go with your ‘to do’ list.” Jim Collins, Author — Good to Great
- “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” Parkinson’s Law
- “Fundraising under-performance, therefore, is actually a failure to communicate.” Penelope Burk, Donor Centered Fundraising
- “Those who celebrate gratitude as an organizational trait raise more money, keep donors longer and create more innovation. They’re also better places to work.” Jeff Brooks, ‘The Money Raising Non-Profit Brand’
- “If there are several ways of achieving the same goal, people will eventually gravitate to the least demanding course of action. Laziness is built deep into our nature.” Daniel Kahneman, ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’
- “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” Thomas Jefferson
All things to think about. I have also found that when I hear a particularly impactful quote, I seek out more quotes/text written by the author. Sometimes these quotes are just teasers to get the reader to delve further into the writer’s area of expertise. In case you haven’t figured it out, I recommend that you read all of the books that I have quoted the above authors in.
I quote people all of the time (and have even had my unique quotes tossed back at me, on occasion). I think of it like a mini fan-club.
Until next week,