I’ve been thinking recently about the “real” job of a grantwriter.
This helps me remember the big picture, particuularly when the little picture (printer out of ink, people won’t return phone calls, the internet is down, and so on) seems out of focus or downright frustrating.
Most people have read the story or heard the tale about the travelor asking three workers what they were doing as they were on a construction site but let me add my own twist here.
The first worker said “I’m welding, can’t you see?”
The second said “I’m busting my tail off to feed my family!”
The third said “I’m helpinig build a fantastic building that will thrill onlookers for generations!”
What kind of grantwriter (or any other type of job worker) are you?
Are you a grantwriter who is “putting one word after the next on paper”?
Are you a grantwriter who is “raising money to keep staff and the agency going financially”?
Are you a grantwriter who is “helping save the world, one client or one program at a time”?
Maybe on some days, you’re the third, but on others, you’re the first. Which do you prefer and how can you be “that one” more often than you are now?
What’s YOUR reason for being a grantwriter? Share y0ur thoughts and pass on the question to others.
I’d love to hear your ideas!