Tuck the Curtain

As a recent presentation, the following story of Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels was shared:

At a gala celebrating his life, Mr. Hilton was asked, “What was the most important lesson you’ve learned in your long and distinguished career?” His reply was, “Remember to tuck the shower curtain inside the bathtub.”

While I can only assume the ‘net is correct and this was a true comment from Mr. Hilton, more importantly, why am I sharing this?

At first glance, one may think, that’s it? What do shower curtains have to do with successful hotels, and more importantly, what do shower curtains have to do with Fundraising and Lutheran schools?

Mark recently wrote to you all about the 51/49 rule… and I think that paying attention to the small details is a big part of the 51% and can make all the difference when we are trying to achieve excellence. Consider below:

  • If you attend the galas from two of our schools and one has your name spelled “Jon” while the other has it “John”, which will you remember?
  • If you donate $100 to two different schools, and one sends you a hand-written thank you note while the other never says anything, which one will you entrust with a $1,000 gift the next time?
  • If a school asks for a gift and you tell them to give you a call in April, and they never call you in April, are you going to call the principal and remind them to ask you for a gift?

When we miss the little things, we can miss the opportunities for the bigger things. And Catching the Lutheran Spirit is all about the little things that lead to the eternal things.