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If You’ve Never Failed, You Aren’t Trying

November 14, 2014


It’s Friday! (I have noticed a trend when I start to write blog posts… I seem to LOVE announcing what day it is, like all of you have been anxiously awaiting my blogs to find out what day of the week it is. I mean, really, when I don’t blog on a Tuesday or Thursday, how do you survive? Somehow it feels like a fun place to start. A declaration of HERE WE ARE! FRIDAY! I’ll try to change, I promise.)

Randy and I are excitedly preparing to travel to Haiti in 48 hours. We are flying out of Vancouver on Sunday and will be in Haiti on Monday morning. We will be visiting two missionaries who live in a village an hour or so outside of Port-Au-Prince and visiting a local school of 200+ students for a few days. We are in Haiti to work on a cause we have created called: The School Sessions. You will definitely hear more about this project in the weeks to come. Sign up for our email list to make sure you don’t miss it!

Last week, I was listening to a TED Talk on “The Way We Think About Charity Isn’t Working” and was really inspired by it. I love how Dan Pallotta clearly communicated how we need to approach funding for non-profit organizations, especially the quote below:

“Non-profits are really reluctant to attempt any brave, daring giant scale new fundraising endeavours for fear that if the thing fails, their reputation will be dragged through the mud. Well, when you prohibition failure you kill innovation. If you kill innovation in fundraising you can’t raise new revenue. If you can’t raise new revenue, you can’t grow and if you can’t grow you can’t possibly solve social problems.”

Dan’s words hit really close to home for me and us right now! We can’t keep fear of failure in the forefront of our minds – it kills innovation. To be truly innovative we need to chase after our big dreams and big ideas, of course knowing failure is an option, but not the worst option.

If you don’t fail, you aren’t trying.

Did you agree with Dan’s 5 key points about the way our thinking needs to change? What are your thoughts?

  1. Cherie Minton

    November 14th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Love…love…LOVE every bit of this post! The quote is amazing and speaks to my heart. What a privilege it is to partner with you, Randy and your friends across North America! Grateful beyond words…. Cherie

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