Remember him? He was the opposite of most dragons. Little Jackie Paper loved Puff and together they traveled and frolicked in the autumn mist.
But many of us would have other opinions of dragons. Like the oft quoted frustration of a caller who learns he “can’t get to the boss because of the dragon that guards his door.”
Great fund raisers and asset builders try to find solutions, they don’t let the dragons close their gates. They don’t block new ideas. They seek these solutions by working together, meeting and talking with all the interested parties and trying to find a way to meet as many of everybody’s objectives as possible.
Like Puff and Jackie Paper, travel on a boat with billowed sail. Talk with your donors and find a way to help them accomplish what they want. Talk with your funders and explain to each other what is necessary to get the job done. Talk with your staff about how your organization can grow faster. Take some reasonable chances.
As the Marquis of Halifax said, “He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do few things.”
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