“What are your 3 favorite charities?” he asks. Steve Musielski, a local Orange County man, has been attending events in the Orange County area. Dollars in the non-profit world are Musielski’s interest. “Money gives people more choices,” he says. “And those served by non-profits usually don’t have a lot of immediate choices.” This is why empowering organizational leaders to “create better future results also empowers the families, youth and individuals they serve,” Musieksli asserts. But how do you do that?
Youth based charities within Orange County are Musielski’s passion. He empowers local directors and board members to take responsibility for the results of their organization and create a new outcome for those they serve. Local non-profit representatives, under his guidance, are actively reading Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. Musielski offers this widely recognized pocketbook as a gift and has read the book more than five times.
Hill’s Think and Grow Rich discusses the concept of a chief aim in detail and gives specific steps to manifest it. But what could be a chief aim for a non-profit? A not-for-profit chief aim could be creating no-cost renewable funding sources, or a success program that tracks the benefits of dollars spent on services with the perceived value of those services as determined through interviews with former recipients.
Musielski strongly suggests that not-for-profits implement and maintain long term communication with their recipients and invite able recipients to reinvest in the organization and participate in events to energize current recipients with hope for their own future.
In fact, he uncovered the fact that some non-profits fail to track or remain in communication with their recipients. And, this could be a quick and easy way for non-profits to improve their results, the value of those results and continuously demonstrate success stories to their funding sources.
Tracking is important because “success is all about the numbers,” Musielski advises. According to him, the numbers tell stories, are predictable and are a critical factor to analyze on a regular basis in any sector of the business world, for-profit and not-for-profit alike. But analyzing the numbers doesn’t have to be a full-time project. They can be reviewed and checked for patterns so that adjustments may be made for increased results like funding sources or revenue.
How often does Musielski track his own numbers? Daily he tracks, as he tirelessly takes one step after another laying the firm foundation of his life’s legacy. Mornings find him up before dawn, preparing for the day and continually improving upon his workout routines and relationship habits by beating his “best” of the day before.
Seriously involved with keeping himself in “the shape required to be successful,” Musielski is up at 4am, works out regularly, participates in marathon events and has hiked the Bataan Memorial Death March. He mentally feeds himself daily doses of quotes uttered by successful historical men as he exercises. Between workouts he reads inspirational stories about their lives.
Continually pushing himself to outperform his own daily best results, Musielski encourages non-profits and others to identify and claim their own chief aim. Knowing what that is will shift your business, perspective and relationship into a path of success.
He considers it important to connect people involved with not-for-profits (and for-profits) with others that can help them move in the direction of their chief aim, and he does this by entertaining. Men and women have been invited by Musielski to mix and mingle with others before or after church, mastermind meetings, and work.
To connect others appropriately, he digs deep during the time he spends with people to discover how they operate, their values, beliefs and, most importantly, their aim in life. He typically does this by asking well planned questions that expose ethics and personal habits, charitable giving practices and personal preferences.
Musielski’s favorite keep-in-touch method is the telephone. He has found it to be an excellent way to meet people in his spare time, learn more about them and engage them in conversation about their favorite charitable organizations.
Actively engaged with Orange County charities, Musielski is a former Clara Barton-Red Cross member and contributes regularly to Orange County’s Eli Home. Copyright © 2010. All rights reserved.
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