On a flight to Portland recently I happened upon an article in BusinessWeek magazine about Portland resident Dan McLaughlin.
McLaughlin, having never picked up a golf club somehow talked Nike into sponsoring him as a professional golfer. He decided to become a golf pro after reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, which posits that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become a master at any skill.
Recently he passed his 2,000th hour of practice, and he’s now shooting in the mid-90s. Not quite PGA material, but he remains convinced that if he sticks to the “Dan Plan” he will get his tour card within a couple years and win his first PGA tournament within six years.
This got me to thinking. What makes a great fundraiser? Is it a skill learned through thousands of hours of practice? Or an art you are born with? We’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of fundraisers. Some are good, some mediocre, and a few are great. We’ve recruited many of them for fund ...Read more »