Love the Process, Not the Outcome

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Hello, I would like to re-introduce myself. My name is Kevin and it has been almost one month since my last post. The reason for my absence has been my struggle with the scope of this blog. Since the Open Learning Workshop I lead with the fantastic folks at the PMI Mike Hi Chapter, I have struggled with where I want to take this blog and I am asking for your help.

The original goal was to share learning resources and tools that I think would help project managers expand their professional development. After the workshop, I began to wonder if I should create a learning guide project managers could use to help them but if you spend a couple minutes online, you realize there are a bunch of different learning guides and resources. So I don’t want to re-invent the wheel again. If you ask me, my favorite learning management tool is still Degreed. Yesterday though, I was listening to the Tim Ferris Podcast and enjoyed a fantastic conversation between Mr. Ferris and Josh Waitzkin, who was the inspiration for the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. He has written a book, The Art of Learning, which has moved to the top of my reading list backlog. Josh made me realize there are a lot of smart people, much smarter than me, who are in the middle of this learning conversation, so why not use their ideas to help us expand our professional development.

Instead of worrying about how I can help you learn, what I can promise is to share with you my learning story. In the podcast conversation, Mr. Waitzkin reminds us to focus on the process, not the outcome. As project managers, that is very difficult. We constantly are questioning how we are going to apply what we learn and how we want to measure our progress. Metrics are important because they help us visualize our progress. For this blog, I have been worrying about what value I am delivering you and the project management community.

My interests and goals have always been most comfortable in the world of learning and education. As a project manager, it is my job to create a space where my team and clients are able to explore the possibilities and design their own unique outcomes and solutions. So how can I do that with this blog?

Perhaps it is really that simple. Everyone possesses unique qualities that make us who we are. Mr. Waitzkin shared a great phrase he uses quite often. I don’t remember it exactly but the essence is, we have to fall in love with our funk. We have to fall in love with who we are and embrace our uniqueness, even if it doesn’t fall in line with everyone else.

So my funk is I am a project manager who was raised in the beautiful horse country of Wyoming thanks to my beautiful parents who taught elementary and high school students for over 80 years combined. So I am a project manager who loves to learn, there you have it.

My goal from the very beginning with this blog has been to share with you what I find and hope that it helps you in your professional development journey. How you apply your learning is entirely up to you, I just hope it is accompanied with a smile :)

Thank you as always for sharing this moment.

Posted on: March 25, 2016 03:55 PM | Permalink

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Thanks Kevin, just keep writing and sharing. :-)

Thanks Dino, that is the plan and part of my process....just keep writing and writing and sharing and writing and sharing and breathing and writing and sharing :)

Great blog and as usual, I very much like the title which is very true.

Rami, thank you for the kind comments. Make sure to check out the video and more on Josh Waitzkin. He is brilliant :)

As a lifelong learner, I appreciate hearing about your journey and perspective. Thanks for sharing.

Julia, I am happy to hear you appreciate my story, thank you. I am finding these blog posts are more effective and valuable when they become more personal. What about your journey? Do you have similar experiences?

Kevin, thanks for your words. Enjoyed your "funky" way of explaining it all and you are right on target.

Excellent blog, Kevin. We should surely talk more about our "educator" roles while exercising Project Management. Most people don't grasp the concepts. Specially when you are dealing with extremely technical people. I find the only way to get to them is thru basic education, pros and cons, etc...
Good job !

Carlos, thank you for your comments. I would love to talk more with you about our roles as educators. Going back to the basics is always a great first step.

Wyoming!!! I'm from South Dakota :)
Thanks for the post.

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