It’s Time for the Talk

30-Day Challenge

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Welcome! If you haven’t gotten started on your 30-Day Challenge prep, we highly recommend you check out one of the following:

Once you’ve done all of that, we have a question for you.

Have you had the talk yet?

The one where you tell your family that you are thinking about running for office?

This isn’t a conversation that you need to be afraid of, but it’s one that you’ll need to have.

When you decide to run for office, you aren’t making a decision that just affects you. It’s a decision that will affect everyone in your life. Your free time will be spent on the campaign trail. You’ll need to put some of your own money into the race. You’ll make decisions that change the lives of those around you.

Before you make the decision to put your name on the ballot, talk through the decision with those who will be affected by it.

Here Are a Few Tips for Having the Talk:

  • Be honest with them about the life changes that will be required. Don’t hide the fact that you’ll need to spend quite a bit of time on the campaign trail.
  • Be clear about the help that you will likely need — not just in the tasks you have to complete, but on the emotional side as well. Having someone to help you knock doors can be just as important as having someone who can help clear your head in times of stress.
  • Be open to their opinions. While this is ultimately your decision, it will affect their lives.
  • Let them ask questions and be prepared to answer them.

Are they in?

If they have any reservations, take the chance to practice your personal story and explain to them why it is so important to you to take this step.

Jacob is a Communications Associate for NDTC. Jacob was initially an intern for NDTC in 2016 before moving on to work for both a Chicago Alderman and an Illinois State Representative. After working in Parliament in the Republic of Ireland, Jacob joined NDTC in April of 2018. Jacob is a graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Political Science. Outside of politics, Jacob tries to forget the Chicago Cub's century of losing while enjoying their recent success.