bue bar


Verity #47 —

Embrace Mistakes

As successful as they are, the great fundraisers seek men and women to pattern their life and work after. They search for role models.

bue bar


Verity #46 —

Common Sense is a Prime Requisite

There is a major difference between the non-achiever and the peak performer. It’s common sense.

bue bar


Verity #45 —

The Elusive Characteristic

It’s almost impossible to define. My fundraisers were tall and short. Thin and not so thin. Of all ages.

There is something, however, they all have in common. It’s difficult to define and almost impossible to describe. When I wrote my book, I said it was as fragile as an angel’s breath, as fleeting as a soft summer breeze, and as elusive as a moonbeam.

bue bar


Verity #44 —

It Takes Hard Work

The difference between winning and losing, and being the best and being the near-best, is hard work. It is important to dream. But it is sublime to dream and work.

Faith is important. But faith focused with work is mighty. Desire is important. But long hours welded to desire is invincible.

bue bar


Verity #43 —

Your Creed is to Grow or Go. It’s in Your DNA.

Peak performers live with high uncertainty and constant change. On a high wire without a safety net. They somehow seem to take it all in their stride.

bue bar


Verity #42 —

Follow my Rule of the Eight I's

This may seem over-simplistic, but take a look at my I's. They truly encompass all of the vital criteria necessary to be a highly successful fundraiser. It is your Magna Carta for fundraising.

bue bar


Verity #41 —

It's Not the Years That Count

We were doing a search for a client recently. I reviewed the credentials of a candidate who had been in the field for 17 years.

When I did some extensive checking, I find that this person has indeed been in the field for 17 years. But then I talked with references. I find that he has had 17 times the first year’s experience. He hasn’t developed, hasn’t grown, and shows no promise. He rusted in the first year.

bue bar


Verity #40 —

You Must Sacrifice

Our work is demanding. It may require severe compromises in your personal life.