Walking in Venice, Italy one sees thousands of vessels. Taking pictures of any one of them is a task similar to capturing an individual zebra or wildebeest on the savannah in Africa. Our eye catches the ones that are different. Being unique means people look beyond labels and see why you do not fit. Sometimes the characteristics that you exhibit are exactly what they are looking for.
Not everyone wants to go where you are going. However, those who desire to join your route get more excited when it gets challenging.
If you were excused from any worry about raising money from a prospective donor, what conversation would you strike-up? How would it feel to speak with a person, free from the pressure of securing their financial support for your cause? What questions would you ask? What would you share? How long would you be willing to speak with this individual?
Why not try it? Have a real conversation with another person who supports your cause. Avoid the FAQs and mission statement (unless they ask). See if the interaction is remarkably different or the same.
There is a solution for many problems. Asking for help reveals readily available resources. Spend time on distractions or focus expertise on the work that matters. Your enterprise exists to address challenges that are not easy to decode. Heroic journeys are a quest with uncertain outcomes. The reward is transformation. These are the adventures worthy of extraordinary people.
I have seen versions of the above image in history textbooks. A quick glance and brief text were enough to know that this was a harbor constructed to support D-Day Invasion on Normandy. An impressive number of ships, lots of activity, and roadways stretching into the harbor seem to tell the story. What I did not know was the detailed plan behind the harbor. Nicknamed Mulberry B is was located in Arromanches, France on Gold Beach with the intention of serving the British and Canadian forces. The harbor was completely devised using old ships scuttled in place, and pre-fabricated pieces flooded on-site as no historical harbor existed in the location. It was planned over a year in advance, constructed in England, barged over behind the invasion forces on June 6, 1944, and almost finished on June 19th when a ferocious storm hit it. Mulberry B survived while the United State’s harbor, Mulberry A, on Omaha Beach was abandoned due to storm damage. All Allied supplies and equipment disembarked upon this floating structure, thoughtfully designed to adapt to 30 feet of tidal flow. Today, a few remnants sit above sea level, enough to give perspective to the magnitude of Operation Overlord. The Allied forces understood that getting personnel on the beach was the first obstacle. The second challenge was hastily placing enough equipment and supplies on-shore to avoid the Axis time to pin the Allied troop against the Channel.
It is worth remembering the power of thinking about the steps beyond the next step. The actions that are required to allow us to thrive once we have reached a critical benchmark. The planning and execution of a temporary harbor made a profound difference to the outcome of World Wat Two.