November 15, 2012

Call Us Stupid — and Stone

Posted in Bottineau, Endangered buildings, Photos, Updates tagged , , , , at 12:08 am by stonebankblog

The three dumbest guys I can think of: Charles Lindbergh, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill. Why? Because any smart person who understood how impossibly arduous were the tasks they had set themselves would have pulled the plug before he even began.

Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult to her enterprise is going to be — and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway.

How do we achieve this state of mind? By staying stupid…

We can always revise and revisit once we have acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.”

 From “Do the Work!” by Steven Pressfield

What we know for certain is that restoring a 112-year-old stone building isn’t easy — in fact, it’s very heavy, hard work. And we’re not just talking about lifting the stones.

There are doubters. There are those who would like to see it go away. Others can’t see past the challenge. But what would Steve Jobs, Charles Lindbergh or Winston Churchill do? They would press on, rally some support and make a difference. And that’s what we plan to do.

So consider this your rallying call. We need to push ahead on the restoration of this gorgeous, endangered building — and we need your support. And by support, we mean we need a donation from you. We have $25,000 in grants, but we need to completely match those grants with local support to get the work done.

There are sexier causes, but this is a project where your contribution is huge.

Please join us in being “stupid.” November 15 is Give to the Max Day. A day dedicated to putting the money where our hearts are. Is the Stone Bank in your heart? Then “act” and send a check or click either the Razoo link or the PayPal link on this page to make a donation on your credit card.

Then call yourself “stupid” and smile, because you have helped do something that lots of people think can’t be done.

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What we know is that it CAN be done. And it WILL be done.

With your help.

Sending a check? Our mailing address is 524 Main Street, PO Box 272, Bottineau, ND 58318

Thanks for your support and thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog.



  1. mikedorsher said,

    Beautiful post — it inspired my Give to the Max Day donation!

    • Thanks, Mike! The Stone Bank crew is determined to see this through and we count on the support of donors like you! You win the prize as our first donor on our new giving portal at The whole Stone Bank family appreciates your help.

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