Tale of Two Would-Be Grant Writers

About three years ago, around late winter I received a call from Laura Stevens*. She was interested in learning how to write grants so that she could transition into a new career as a grant writer because she had outgrown her current job.

However, she was having a hard time finding anyone who would take her underneath their wings to teach her.

Around the same time, I received an email from Melissa Anderson* who also wanted to become a professional grant writer and start her very own business.

She eagerly asked me several questions about what it took to be successful in grant writing and how I got started. I shared my experience and she sounded like she was going to step out and do it.

I recently had an opportunity to connect with Laura and was excited to learn that she had left her old job and was doing extremely well in her new role as a grant writer for a small nonprofit in the Midwest.

Melissa, on the other hand, was working for the same employer and was quite...

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Why Let Things Happen… When You Can MAKE THINGS HAPPEN?

One of the greatest discoveries that I've made in life is realizing that I didn't have to let things happen to me but that I was able to take matters into my OWN hands!

WOW!

Yes, I discovered that life would GO IN THE DIRECTION that I chose for it to go IF I did ONE THING… yes, one thing.

I'll tell you more about that one thing in just a second, but for now let me tell you about a young lady name, Laura Stevens (name has been changed to protect her identity).

Laura recently approached me because she wanted to take matters into her own hands. She was sick and tired of working a job that was going nowhere and she felt like she was just existing.

  • She was doing a lot of what she really didn't want to do it all.
  • She wanted to be a grant writer… BUT there was one BIG PROBLEM.
  • She did not know how to write a grant.

Laura asked me for help.

Normally my busy schedule does not afford me the time nor the opportunity to talk to every individual one-on-one much about ways to...

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SMART and Unemployed

Karen was SMART yet Unemployed.

And for someone who had always tried to plan her life out to the smallest details... this was the worst.

She wondered, "How could I spend so much on graduate school acquiring ALL of these special degrees and credentials and now find myself standing in the unemployment line?" This question and the emotions that came with it were making her sicker by the minute

To make matters worse she had recently had dinner with one of her longtime girlfriends and learn that her son had just finished trade school and was getting ready to make twice what she had struggled to make on her last job.

With her bills stacking up faster and faster by the minute Karen needed to make a move.

But what?

She was too embarrassed to ask any of her employed friends if they knew of any job openings. Her pride kept her from going to the last job fair especially since her former employer had a table at the event. Going back to school at this stage only to get another...

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