Dear Readers ,
February is the month of love – reminding us to love ourselves, our passions, the daily grind, and embrace learnings with growth. We’ve all experienced it at some point in our life journey – when we want something, the universe conspires to help us achieve it; we do have to work hard for it, though.
Complementing the month’s significance, we have stories showing the same love for project management and self-growth in this Essence issue. Based on their passion for project management, you will read about individuals who achieved their PMP Certification on the first attempt overcoming some odds. Also featuring is the first part of a multiple series story about a Project Manager’s self-discovery towards growth and improvement through the practical application of emotional quotient.
If you are reading this editorial and are a project manager or involved in project management, do you still remember why you love project management? Has there ever been a time when you questioned or doubted your calling as a project manager/ project team member? It is challenging and demanding to manage in-depth scoping, planning, execution, stakeholder management, and project communication. Yet, the successful closure of a project makes it so worthwhile.
I love project management because of the knowledge and control. In agreement with Seth Godin, it is not that we hate our work or what we do. As humans, we dislike parts of our jobs that we cannot control. Project Management, to some extent, provides that control through the different knowledge areas. As Project Managers, we are accountable for the success or lack of it in a project. I find the thought of approaching life as a project quite endearing, especially with the availability of numerous planning tools; after all, we are the masters of our destiny.
February edition of Essence is a dedication to all the mentors and supporters in family, friends, believers, and silent best wishers who help pursue the calling for project management. A special appreciation for those sharing their passion for project management or other field and the selfless work they are doing to spread the project management knowledge. The PMI volunteers working tirelessly to keep the seamless machinery going demonstrate this love.
The road to success is full of challenges. However, challenges offer immense opportunities. In the words of Steve Jobs, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
I hope you enjoy reading our curation!
Thanks and Best Wishes
Raju Dhole, PMP