Common objections to putting in the time and effort to save the world and why they don't get you off the hook:
Oh, but Rachel, I work two jobs just to pay back the massive student loan debt I acquired. I don’t have time to do anything like this!
Yeah, I been there. Look, when I was in my early twenties, I worked two jobs, went to the gym four days a week, slept eight hours a night, and I still volunteered for the Adopt a family program with Christmas in the City in Boston. You make time for the things that are important to you. Make this important. Because if you don’t those torch-bearing Nazis are going to start rallying in your neighborhood. Do you want that to happen? Do you?
Besides this guide is all about doing something that’s right for you…something that fits your level of time, talent and treasure to give. So don’t worry. You can do this. Just keep reading.
Oh, but Rachel, I’m an older Millennial, and I just had my first kid! I can’t go out to all those protests or do anything outside of nap time!
Congrats, but you’re not off the hook on this. In fact, you’re the one that should be fighting even harder than all the rest because what we do today is going to determine what kind of country your kid grows up in. You have to make sure you don’t hand off such huge, shitty problems to your kids to solve like the Boomers and Xers did to us. You need to give your kids a world that’s better than the one that we got.
Again, this manifesto only asks for what you can give. It asks for you to give as much as you can. To strain the limits of what you thought you could offer. But I’m not asking you to kill yourself doing it. So take a deep breath and keep going. We gotta do this for our kids, for our future.
Oh,but Rachel, I work at a small non-profit. I spend every waking hour trying to make the world a better place. I don’t have the money to be a big donor to other organizations, and I don’t have the time to give. Don’t I get points for what I do already? Do I really have to do more?
Well, you picked up this book, so obviously your subconscious thinks you do need to do more. And you should. We need every one of us to be all-in. And non-profit leaders have the skills and expertise to shape a movement and give it life. You have more to give and you know it or you would have stopped reading about three paragraphs ago. So, let’s not put off the inevitable.
Okay. Is everyone done whining and procrastinating?
Good. Now let’s go.