So, rumor has it that some of you had a bit of a conversation around my last blog “What comes first, Of course since I live in the 1950’s, in other words not on Facebook, I have absolutely no idea what all you guys said. But thanks to my dear fellow My Jewish Coach, Donna Schwartz, I have, in spite of crashing my 1950’s computer, kicking and screaminly entered your universe and joined Facebook!!!the chicken or the egg?”
As soon as I accomplished this ever so mighty feat, I felt really proud of my very clever self. But there was one small problem…I have absolutely no idea what to do now. And most importantly, I have no idea how to communicate with you guys (please note that a guy is very often a woman!) when each and every one of you decide that the following is something you simply do not agree with!
Yes. I still believe NO MONEY – NO MISSION. Yes, the MONEY must come first. That being said, without a compelling mission, (remember your really, really really great idea from last month?) finding the money is gonna be a tad difficult. Does that mean that the MISSION comes first? Hum. I do believe that we are now smack dab back in that whole chicken and egg conundrum.
So now here are the three Jane P. Stein recommendations for getting around this whole mishegas.
1. Take that really really really great idea – now becoming in your own mind a sorta mission statement – and call the very smartest person you know. To qualify who this particular very smart person should be, it needs to be someone with a whole boat load of money and a willingness to part with it for organizations with compelling missions (you know…that guy with the philanthropic soul).
2. Make an appointment (a date for coffee or “just 15 minutes of your time at your office”) to meet face to face.
3. Use the nine magic words “I really would love to pick your amazing brain” followed very quickly (no breathing allowed) by the eight even more magical words “I promise I won’t ask you for money”.
And BINGO! You are on your way!! This is your opportunity to test drive your idea. Call it your very own personal feasibility study (and just like those fancy and very expensive feasibility studies we all know and don’t particularly love) your very smart person knows that you will be back one day asking for money! But at this meeting, DO NOT ASK FOR MONEY…and if this very smart person begs you to take money to get started, please, please keep your promise and DO NOT TAKE THE MONEY. You are there to paint the picture of how much better the world will be with the implementation of your mission idea. This is your chance to engage another person into dreaming your dream with you.
Of course if you cannot engage this very smart person into dreaming with you, it may be time to go back to the drawing board. No engagement, no money. No money, no mission.
But if you see this guy’s eyes light up. And you see this guy move forward to the edge of that great big scary office chair, pitch your little heart out, but be sure that you take a whole lot of the time to get input from the very smart person.
Because once that input starts getting put in, you will find yourself with a new partner to your dream…one with the money (and the friends and the contacts and the connections) to get your mission up and running. And then guess what???? MONEY AND MISSION!!!