TiAT- Get to Know You
November 20, 2015
In this Turn it Around Tuesday, our episode on “Get to Know You” was a very personal event that struct an inner chord. As I always try to not take business as personal, it does become personal when people feel their investment in you wasn’t put to good use.
Watch this video to learn more. This helped me understand our donor base and supporters.
I don’t ever want anyone to feel their hard-earned money wasn’t spent wisely. I also don’t want to lose my supporter’s trust. I appreciate the value they bring to my organization. Our success was because many people cared and wanted to help other see their dreams come true.
With all that said, I learned people give without knowing all the facts (these are growing pains when the donations slow down and people don’t return phone calls). Once all the facts are out, some may not find it to be as ‘charitable’ when making their annual donations. As a founder, this isn’t great news. However, it shouldn’t be taken personal. Easier said than done. Therefore, I now learned to make it a point to get to know you (the donor) if you’re donating your time and/or money.
Everyone matters. No one is just a number. As a founder, you must learn how to create and foster these relationships. Some relationships may be duds, but others could be radically beneficial.
Since we live in a very small community, I’ve created some of these great relationships. Some of these relationships have developed into both personal and professional friendships that may last a lifetime. In our getting to know one another, I’m learning how to serve the community outside my own perspective’s and personal outlook. As one person said, “It’s going to be mnemonic.”
As we build a community center that will be relevant for all ages, this is will be a big task. I pray that it’ll last past my lifetime and hopefully for many generations. To have an ego/pride doesn’t cut it. My belief is to lead, you must serve. And to serve, means you must understand the need for all without politics.
I’m not trying to be everything to everybody; but as a Social Entrepreneur, I do want to take the time to get to know you, your family, community and learn how we can make a difference. It is my goal as I get to know you that we’ll find others are in the same situations with the same needs.
I write this because my business is personal because this service is for the advancement of all humanity. My failures and successes are for your gain. No strings attached.
Nathan A. Webster, MBA
I was born, raised and currently residing in Vancouver, WA. Grateful to have an entrepreneurial life that allows me to use my God-given talents to help others pursue their passion. I'm blessed to be educated (MBA-Operations) veteran (US Marine Corps) who enjoys the community with all my family members (blood and adopted).
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