Canvassing transformed me into a different animal

Rishi’s take on why he walks

I walk therefore I am!

When you walk door to door, you learn the art of communication, the art of the elevator pitch, and the arts of persuasion, persistence and listening.

These soft skills stay with us the rest of our lives.

These skills can help define your success in every aspect of your life.

These skills have influenced my success whether in the corporate world or the world of politics.

Our youth that go knocking discover an inner strength, initially shy teenagers become tigers ready to take over the world. All it takes is that first taste of success.

I vividly remember standing outside the first door I was going to knock. I was fighting the noise in my head — I was afraid. I was finding more reasons to go back and sit on my laptop than to knock. But my inner self knew that I was stepping into a new world by knocking on that first door.

And I did!

If I had not taken the first step in getting over my fears and knocking on that first door many years ago, I would not be where I am today. I would not have succeeded in the corporate world. I would not be running for United States Congress.

This is an opportunity to extend our comfort zone, experiment and transform your inner self.

By canvassing, we can meet people in their environment — at their doors. I talk to everyone on the street. I talk about things that interest them — whether it’s global warming or getting big money out of politics. Sometimes I will take the time to break things down — in a somber way — about the issues that are dragging America down; about the problem and the solution. Unless I reach out and talk to people, they might never have the opportunity to learn about these important issues or take action for a cause they believe in. I am getting educated, and at times, educating our neighbors too.

I believe nothing is more powerful than a face-to-face conversation. I still remember the only 3 people who ever knocked on my door as part of a political campaign. When we knock, we are never forgotten as not every campaign has the tenacity to get out there and run a strong grass roots campaign.

But we do!

And with that…we create a very empowering experience for you!

The before and after story is a dramatic shift.

This is the reason I have knocked on thousands of doors.

This is the reason why I knock for 3 hours every evening.

In 2021, I have knocked on more doors than anytime else in my life combined.

It is the time of the day I look forward to.

“Great to see you out there! I am a lifelong activist, very comfortable doing community outreach, and it is great that you are sending people out in person!”

I walk…to become who I will be. I have learned a ton while canvassing. I am learning the power of emotion, of inflection, of pause, of pitch — and how to feel empathy and persuade. Every year that I have walked, I have felt a change in my communication ability. I have done quite a bit of experimenting during canvassing — to figure out if an exuberant persona is better or a subdued, introspective one. I am constantly trying to discover a better me when it comes to delivering my speeches and elevator pitch.

Remember how you were afraid of doing something new? Once you tried it, that “scary” thing created some fun moments. Canvassing is like that. Find a friend in your canvas city and walk together. You will love it

I have tried to always confront my fears. It is what builds character. To do something amazing, we have to get past our fears and find freedom. I want each of you to find your inner courage over the next few months. That is the one thing — you should take away from this fellowship

Rishi

There is a learning curve the first few times you canvass but once you master it, it will change your life and personality for the better.

I believe this is the best walk of my life so far, every day is an improvement.

I walk 3 hours every day. By November 2022 I will be a radically new person.

@rishikumar1 US House candidate, CA-18 Proud Democrat, Candidate for Congress in #CA18, Saratoga City Councilmember, Hi-Tech Executive, #NoPACMoney #GND #M4A