If you're at least my age, you probably remember the old Gatorade commercial featuring Michael Jordan with the jingle "Like Mike, if I could be like Mike. I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be like Mike!" The theme was excellence and striving for near super-human ability.
Well, I'm not much of a sports person, but dance I understand. So, today, I present one of my favorite ballet numbers and ask you to "Be like Mikhail!" Mikhail Baryshnikov is one of the most outstanding dancers to ever perform. The choreography in this routine from Le Corsaire is so vibrantly energetic and obviously difficult but delivered so effortlessly that it takes your breath away. He soars across the stage. He's in control of each movement but so comfortable because of his practice and repetition that it appears spontaneous. Glorious! This number shows off Baryshnikov's excellence in all aspects: technique, performance, athleticism, musicality, and panache!
Can you strive to be this confident, this excellent, this marvelous at your job?
This is what you are spending your life doing, why not be great at it?
Can you complete your role with such a high level of awesomeness that your inspire others to "wanna be" like you?
Show your optimism and passion so obviously in your work quality that it is absolutely contagious! That's fun fundraising!
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Jessica Cloud, CFRE
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