Reasons Project Managers should read history

There are numerous writings that detail the importance of why history matters, these usually appeal on the level of studying human behaviour, achievement, and understanding where we come from.  Perhaps idealistic, there is a belief that by knowing the past, the same mistakes can be avoided in future.

History is valued in political and management literature from a leadership perspective.  For the project professional, the past should be analysed beyond this; if a Project Manager reads history they will find they interpret events from a project perspective.

Here are six reasons Project Managers should read history:

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Why do you want more money?

In my last post I discussed about keeping goals simple.  A major part of this is how important it is to apply a metric to any goals that you set so that there is room for measurement as you progress.

This got me thinking about a goal that is very easy to apply a metric to that I would say 99.9% of people in the self-improvement field possess.  Of  course, I’m talking about –

Money

Money goals come in many forms:

  • To get a job that earns ‘X’.
  • Be a millionaire.
  • Make ‘X’ amount a month in passive income.
  • I want to be rich.
  • I want to be debt free.
  • Increase my business profit.

Some of these read better than others, applying a metric is better than a vague aspirational statement saying –  “I want to be a millionaire” is worthless, as it is nothing but a dream without any clear plans in place or a clear why you want to achieve that goal. Continue reading “Why do you want more money?”

Enjoy the journey

Upon undertaking the journey of self-improvement an individual typically finds they go through three stages of emotions in the quest to live a more fulfilling life.

Elation

When a decision to self-improve is made, one commits to deliberate effort addressing what they want in life; typically this comes in the form of setting goals and undertaking research to inform and inspire such as books, recordings etc.

This is a discovery stage, where everything is new and many of the ideas is all new information.  The improver will have feelings of elation as they embrace the words of great minds, gaining knowledge that is ‘life-changing’.

Because of its newness goals are achieved a lot quicker usually because niggling issues, ignored for years are addressed. Tangible improvements are seen to health, wealth and social life.

You think to how you were in the past and why you didn’t take control of your life years ago.  But there is a naivety as the results are only ‘quick wins’, with many bigger challenges ahead, which leads to…  Continue reading “Enjoy the journey”

No ego, No quit, No hate

Recently I had the pleasure of running the No Ego Challenge, a delightful five mile trail race that starts at 6.30pm.  Because of this noticeable caveat, it is pitch black, therefore a head torch is not a luxury, but a must to run.

As it was my first race in almost two years, No Ego was a new challenge, where I couldn’t predict how I would perform.

The darkness was a unique challenge making it difficult to see what was underfoot and I had fresh concerns about old injuries wondering if my plantar fasciitis coming back to bite me in the… foot.

The good news is I am writing this post, so I returned and am not still wondering about Dalby Forest lost.  No Ego was a race where I learned about the importance of mental grit. Continue reading “No ego, No quit, No hate”

Out of step (with the world)

Several years ago my life was a mess, despite ambition and a strong work ethic, I saw little to no results.

With hindsight my priorities were out of order I was volunteering for an environmental charity where I was focused on trying to make the world better.  This was not making life better and I was a burden to those who loved me the most.

This made me realise there is no point trying to change the world when I can’t even change my own life.

The next day I quit working for the charity, vowing to sort myself out. Continue reading “Out of step (with the world)”

Slight return

It took nearly seven months before I decided to publish on the Manifesto of Perfection again, the place I recorded my thoughts and opinions of all things self-improvement.

Last week I marked my return, where for the first time ever I featured work that wasn’t my own – a beautiful poem by Charles Bukowski ‘So you want to be a writer?’

I can’t promise it will change your life or anything, but it reminded me why I enjoy writing  – expressing oneself, relieving stress, someone appreciates your work, the natural inspiration process, artistic integrity.  I knew it was time to return.

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So you want to be a writer?

So you want to be a writer

by Charles Bukowski

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it. Continue reading “So you want to be a writer?”

Fight Club: Raymond K Hessel – a near life experience

Fight Club, an entertaining book and film has many teachings for life – not just on masculinity but also on self-improvement, motivation and making the most out of your potential.

One of the most compelling scenes is when Tyler Durden or the Narrator (depending on whether you are consuming the film or book version), puts a gun to convenience store worker Raymond K Hessel’s head and threatens to pull the trigger unless they go back on track to realising their potential.

The stories protagonists enact a very extreme way of encouraging someone to pull themselves together and stop wasting their potential.  A near-life experience.

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Writing your life story

I have started writing my life story.

Just by writing that statement it feels strange and narcissistic.  To write your life story you have to be a celebrity or achieve something right?

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Do affirmations work?

One habit that I have followed religiously since I read Scott Adams book  “How to fail at almost everything and still win big” to encourage me to think positively and focus on what I want is affirmations.

What is an affirmation?

An affirmation is basically something that you say to yourself in order to help encourage a positive outcome.  So for example in Scott Adams book he would say to himself

“I Scott Adams will one day I will be a successful cartoonist”.

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