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  • Writer's pictureThe MSG Team


Did you know that wolves and domesticated dogs share 99.9% of their DNA? Very little makes them different but that small percentage is what separates them. One of those differences include their critical thinking. Now before we go any further we know all you dog lovers out there are going to, well, dog me, for this blog entry. Just know that I am a dog owner as well, and have nothing but great things to say about our canine friends. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A study was done to determine the drive of wolves vs dogs. Several wolves and dogs did this test separately. Food was stored in such a way, that neither animal could easily reach it. Whenever a wolf would get a turn to obtain the food, it would try every direction, attempt to break things down with it's teeth, and paw at barriers until it reached it's goal.

The dogs on the other hand would try for a moment, but once they could not figure out how to reach the food, they would easily give up. They would eventually just sit there in hopes that a human would help get them the food.

This study was to figure out the argument of nature vs nurture. Would that same dog have acted the same way if it were raised in the wild or are wolves more natural persistent critical thinkers? Hmmmmm . . .

When it comes to fundraising, COVID-19 has certainly made it hard to reach our goals. Bringing in money is the goal but so many have chosen to just wait, and wait, and wait, and wait for things to "get back to normal". So when is "normal" going to be back? What's the game plan there? To sit month to month, HOPING that your programs will survive? Tough to do with no money coming in.

Are you the wolf? A critical planner who has been persistent in your goal to raise funds? Are you trying every angle possible? Are you putting forth your best effort using every drop of your blood, sweat, and tears?

Don't find yourself to be a good critical thinker? Don't worry about it. We all have different gifts we bring to the table. Consider some simple steps though such as making sure you have someone on your team who tends to be a good critical thinker or regularly challenge yourself with critical thinking tests in an effort to improve in that area. For this instance even consider using an outside source to help get you in a different direction, such as Midwest Studies Group.

Whatever you do . . . don't be the dog, waiting and hoping someone feeds you. HOPE is not a plan.

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