You have a workout playlist. A chill-out playlist. A stuck-in-traffic-and-need-to-stop-yourself-from-exploding-with-road-rage playlist. Well, now you have a nonprofit playlist too. You're welcome.

1. When you think you’re going to get that big promotion  |  The Lion King – I just can’t wait to be king

I just can’t wait to be king
No one saying, “do this”
No one saying, “be there”
No one saying, “stop that”
No one saying, “see here”
Now see here!
Free to run around all day
Free to do it all my way

Oh, I just can’t wait to be king!

2. Just after you find out that you didn’t get that promotion after all  |  The Beatles – Yesterday

Yesterday
All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly
I’m not half the man I used to be
There’s a shadow hanging over me
Oh, yesterday came suddenly

3. How your funders think you react when they slash your budgets  |  The Jungle Book – Bare Necessities

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature’s recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

4. How you actually react when they slash your budgets  |  Michael Jackson – They don’t really care about us

All I want to say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don’t really care about us
Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me

5. Before you give your first ever TED Talk  |  Eminem – Lose Yourself

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime you better

6. Every auditor’s theme song  |  Def Leppard – Two Steps Behind

Whatever you do
I’ll be two steps behind you
Wherever you go
And I’ll be there to remind you
That it only takes a minute of your precious time
To turn around
I’ll be two steps behind

Related: 10 things only someone working at a nonprofit will understand

7. The kind of boss we want…  |  Tina Turner & Jimmy Barnes – You’re simply the best

You’re simply the best, better than all the rest
You’re better than anyone, anyone I ever met

8. The kind of boss we get  |  The Police – Every breath you take

Every breath you take
Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you

9. When you ask for INR 20 lakh in a donor proposal and get INR 20,000  |  ABBA – Money, money, money

Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world

Aha aha

All the things I could do
If I had a little money
It’s a rich man’s world
It’s a rich man’s world

Related: Nailing that last minute proposal

10. Were you expecting ‘feel-good’ songs? Alright, here’s one that completes the playlist


There’s a place in your heart
And I know that it is love
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow
And if you really try
You’ll find there’s no need to cry
In this place you’ll feel
There’s no hurt or sorrow

There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space
Make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make it a better place
For you and for me

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Zarir De Vitre

Zarir De Vitre

Zarir has over eight years of experience in the sustainability space across functions such as strategy, research, communications, capacity building, employee engagement, reporting, and assurance. As an independent consultant over the past two years he has advised and supported clients with a range of services including sustainability strategy, corporate social responsibility, research, reporting, and communications. Prior to freelancing, Zarir has worked at the Tata Sustainability Group, Ernst & Young and the Mahindra Group.

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