Power Your Project


It is incredible how much we can do if we put our mind to it. Many people come up with ideas, and some of those ideas are excellent thoughts. Unfortunately, many of those neat ideas fail because the people who have them are going to get them done. They talk about the ideas they mull it over, they make it sound good, and they will get to it… Eventually.

The trick of ‘eventually’ is the fact that it never comes. Eventually is something like a carrot on a stick. The stick is strapped to your head and eventually dangling out there in front of you, just out of reach. Every time you take a step forward trying to get towards eventually, it moves that one step away from you.

So, the question becomes, is this a game that’s rigged for the bemusement of others? Is this some cosmic scam to make us want more and yet keep us in our place? Why should I play the game when it’s fixed? These are all excellent questions. Unfortunately, they are the wrong questions and are on the wrong track to getting things done.

Don’t eventually get something done. Get it done. Do it, figure out what goes wrong or what could make it better, and then do that. Every time you do something to make your idea better and more tangible, evaluate your work. You need to know what is working with your thoughts and projects and what is not. Plans are like a plane, they need to be flight worthy.

Just like a plane, your project cannot get off the ground carrying a bunch of excess weight that doesn’t add to the lift or speed of the project. Your aircraft cannot immediately go from ground level to 40,000 feet. It will fall back to earth. Aircraft need to take a slow, smooth rise from takeoff until they’ve gathered enough power to start a climb. When they have the ability, and everything is stabilized, then they can begin to gain altitude and climb higher. We have seen it before where some pilots try to fly at too steep an angle when taking off and end up crashing back to the ground. Unfortunately, we have seen many small businesses do the same.

The trick is to start small and then build on what you know and what you learn. The Wright brothers did not attempt to develop a DC-3 and launch it from Kitty Hawk. They started with essentially what was a powered kite and built from there. In the beginning, every time they flew, they learn something new. It was that painstaking step-by-step learning curve which allowed them to get better. That same learning curve moved on to the marvels we have today. Imagine less than 70 years after their flight, we had grown to the point where we put men on the moon.

70 years from powered flight to a man on the moon. If you give your project the time it needs and work at it, think of where those projects might take you.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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