At one point in my life I was under the impression that change was wrong and if I loved change, it meant something was majorly wrong with me. Unstable, unreliable, and wish-washy were words that routinely ran through my head whenever I considered any major change.
What I have realized since, is I can bring about change in my life through many different avenues. Change doesn’t always have to mean a move across the country, or a job change (although I do these as well).
This is where I have discovered the beauty of a project. I have found projects to be a great way to both bring about healthy change and get awesome things done!
My projects may take anywhere from 30 days to a year. However, I try to keep them around the 6 month mark. As long as I know when the project is complete, I can move on to something else. I am happy.
So what makes a great project? For anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset like me, there are 3 guidelines to a great project that Dan Miller lays out so well:
- It should align with your values, goals, and passions
- It should use your skills and abilities
- It should have a clear economic model (a potential way to make money)
There are also 2 hard and fast rules:
- Deadlines are the brackets in which all great projects reside. Projects need a deadline or they have the tendency to keep going on, and on, and on, and on, like a bad first date. They turn from a fun, amazing idea, into a dreaded, soul sucking one.
- You must allow yourself to ride the ‘roller coaster’ of a project while holding the end result loosely (don’t get to attached to the outcome). The value comes in the experience you get from doing something worth doing – the end.
Are you ready to start your next project? How can we help?