If you truly believe that the goal you’re pursuing is transformational, you should be tenacious in the pursuit of funding. If you’re not active in articulating the reason and need for funding, what should compel me to believe that your goal is so significant?
Hey Guys, welcome back to the How to Run for Office Podcast! A lot of listeners I’ve talked to are interested in making the move from Activist to working in politics as a paid job. This week’s guest is familiar with that struggle…even though she didn’t start out with that goal in mind.
Whatever your political persuasion, I think there are some good things to learn from listening to how Raquel has approached her political journey.
During the interview, we encourage folks who want to get involved in politics to start knocking doors or cleaning bathrooms…whatever the campaign needs…and working up from there. I think it’s easy to write this off as simple “Dues paying.” But it’s more than that. While I think we covered the subject pretty well, I wanted to direct y’all to a My Campaign Coach Minute episode we recently did that deals with the topic as well.
One of my favorite non-monetary ways to reward people is through titles. Often this is the last thing that a candidate thinks about when hiring somebody. It’s an afterthought because, after all, you’re focused on votes and how to secure them cheaply. I’d encourage you to put serious thought into the titles and job descriptions of your hires and volunteers. Those will be tools they’ll use in the future to secure future opportunities and the more thought you put into them, the more valuable they’ll be.
In spite of that, every election cycle, I see candidates try that strategy. It leads to exhaustion, fractured relationships and frustrated spouses.
As with every area of the campaign, writing down a plan and talking it through with your team is the best way to start. The first conversations should happen with your family. You should have already had candid conversations about what you’ll be sacrificing and holding sacred during the campaign team. Things like a regular date night and no-miss activities with your kids should be on the list. My list would also include church and my weekly mastermind group meeting.