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PREPARING TO RUN FOR NATIONAL OFFICE (2/8/2017) by Deb Schwager, Minnesota State Post-secondary Executive Director, Alumni Member
Ok you’ve decided to run for a National Office. Now you're probably saying "Wow, what was I thinking!" Don't worry, it is not as intimidating as it seems. Let's break it down. You made a conscious decision to commit to one year if elected. It will be exciting, busy, fun, bring you life-long friendships and travel. Oh, did I mention it will be busy?
I still remember when I decided to run for National Office. I thought, "I can do this" (says every mom) even though I was already our Chapter President, State President, a business owner, mom and full-time student. Yep, it was a busy year. But that didn't stop me from being determined to give it a go, and it shouldn't stop you either. You just need to have your 'ducks in a row' so to speak. Be organized. Be prepared. Have your plan in place.
So now that you have gotten over that first bit of overwhelmment and you have your plan in place, it's time to get prepared. Here are some simple steps to help you in your endeavor:
If you're lucky to be elected it will be the best year of your life and you won't regret the experience. And if you fall short and aren't elected, don't fret. As the saying goes, "if at first you don’t succeed, try again." Simply put, don't be afraid to try again. It's a great way to learn and an incredible experience to be part of. Colin Powell once said: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
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