I recently received the following email from my friend Ed Rush, a former F-18 Top Gun fighter pilot, and had to share…
“On my first day of flight school, my crusty old instructor stood in front of my class and asked: ‘What makes a plane fly?’ Half of us raised our hands and subsequently gave all the wrong answers including lift, power, the laws of physics, the engine, the pilot, etc.
“The wise old instructor just shook his head “no” (his smirk increasing with each answer.) Then, once all the guesses were exhausted, he walked over to the chalkboard and wrote 5-letters: M-O-N-E-Y.
“He said, ‘You can have a pilot, and air, and the laws of physics, but if you don’t have any money, you don’t have a plane…or gas…or a runway. So the first thing you need if you want to fly is money.’”
Same thing you need for a successful political campaign.
Now, the #1 reason people don’t give to political campaigns or organizations is simple: They weren’t asked.
Of course, just because you ask doesn’t mean you’ll get a contribution. But failing to ask practically guarantees you won’t get one. So the solution to the problem is also simple: Start asking. A LOT.
One “Campaign Hot Tips” subscriber in Florida recently took that advice to heart. Here’s what happened next…
“Chuck, I have to tell you about my first foray into fundraising yesterday. I took your advice and called a potential donor and made an appointment. I was as nervous as a whore in church.
“I walked in and had some small talk for five minutes. Then I opened up my iPad and showed him the Facebook ad I wanted to run. And BAM, Chuck, he pulled out his checkbook and wrote a check for a grand!
“Thirty minutes later I walked out with a whole new outlook on fundraising. Holy Toledo, man! Tomorrow, I have 3 appointments.”
Yes, YOU can do it, too. You just have to ASK.
Sure, you’ll get a lot of no’s…especially in the beginning. But you’ll also get a whole of yesses that you won’t get if you don’t ask. And the more you ask, the better you’ll get.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“Never give your enemies that satisfaction of involving you in foolish arguments. Neither logic or right will convince an enemy. Therefore, you will be unwise and waste much valuable time and energy if you stop to argue with the man who is looking only for argument and not for facts.” – Dan Kennedy