But then again, I’m proud about three things when it comes to major mistakes I’ve made:
1. I’ve never made the same one twice;
2. When I did screw up, I was the first to acknowledge it; and,
3. I usually made it up to the client in some other way.
But, that doesn’t make me feel better.
I am terribly ashamed of the mistakes I’ve made. I get paid well, people entrust me with their vision and the product of their hard work and hope, there’s a lot of money at stake and there’s always plenty of people who have a critical need for these services.
To feel you’ve let yourself down is bad — to feel you’ve let others down along with you is the worst. And I offer no excuses. In fact, as a grant writer, one needs to start thinking in terms of “WE won the grant!” vs. “I lost the grant.” Why the difference in “We” vs. “I”? Because, like it or not, as the writer you are the bottom line, where the buck stops, the final checkpoint. You are ultimately responsible for: what does and does not get included, what and what does not get written, how something is interpreted or misinterpreted.
It’s all on you, no excuses. You are the one who needs to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Well…this is another fine mess you’ve gotten yourself into…”
So these next few Blogs are about mistakes I’ve made, why they were made, what resulted because of them and what I would do differently so it doesn’t happen again.
As you read these, you’ll probably say to yourself that you would never make the same stupid mistakes. That’s so very true. You’ll make different stupid ones.
So return with us now to that not-so-thrilling daze of yesteryear as the Lone Grant Writer screws up again…
More about this in my new book RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE: THE GROUNDBREAKING PROCESS USED TO WIN MORE THAN $385 MILLION IN COMPETITIVE GRANT AWARDS. Available at www.SandyPointInk.com or Amazon.com.