If you want success you need to project it first…

Success is available to all of us, we just need to unlock it first

Success

No matter what area of your life you want to achieve success in. Or what that success looks like.

There is only one to get it.

That’s to project that success first. Make a plan and then work like hell.

Do those things and success will come. No doubt.

Yes, it will be hard work. It will also need self-sacrifice. The things worth having in life always do.

Step 1 Projection

Projection is a powerful tool. Why?

What you project is what people think you are. This is why first impressions are so important. If you are honest and genuine. That’s how you appear to people.

If you want to be a business leader for example. What are the traits and behaviors that those people have?

What do you already have in you, that is similar?

Projecting those traits and behaviors will change the perception of those around you.

If you act as if you are already a leader. Chances are people will see you as a leader.

How you dress also has a big part in that. Dressing the part helps you achieve that goal.

Projection is a powerful but simple concept to put into action.

Step 2 Develop the game plan

What does that success look like at the end of the day? It could be taking your startup side hustle from the garage to a multi-million dollar exit. It could be you sitting in the C-suite of the company you work for.

It could be you on stage in front of millions.

Whatever that success looks like to you. It needs to be mapped out and planned.

List the actions you need to take. Then build a plan and a close date around them.

Sounds like common sense I know. But you would be surprised at how many people skip this step.

Success comes from putting this step together with the others. Planning things out in detail and having an action plan in place.

Step 3 Work like hell to get there

There was a quote which goes something like:

People ask why I’m so lucky? I always tell them its funny, the harder I work. The luckier I seem to be.

When you start to project the success, and you have the plan in place. It’s time to put it all to work.

Work hard and methodically towards your goal. Stop to review your progress regularly. Making sure you capture all the lessons you learn along the way.

If the plan needs to be revised along the way then that’s ok. It’s all about the end goal. The journey there can take a few twists and turns.

Final thoughts

We have the potential to do and to be. Whatever and whoever we want.

That’s the advantage we have as human beings.

Success in whatever way YOU define it. Is possible, follow those three steps to get started down the path and see where it takes you.

Hard work, dedication, and projecting the image that’s all it takes…

The apple of Eurasia’s eye

The birthplace of the apple

The humble juicy apple,

first grown on tree’s in Kazakhstan.

widely thought a western fruit,

first born in middle earth.

In the city of Almaty,

that place of splendor and surprise,

from the impressive chorny canyon,

to the deep snows of shymbolak.

If your really into apples,

the ancient orchards are still there,

where the first fruit started growing,

as told in the story books.

The apple, the object of so many eyes,

Almaty the apple of Eurasia…

The barbeque

Mans last domain and his summer throne

Cooking with fire made by man,

takes us back to a simpler time,

so powerful and primative,

plus it makes food taste good.

It’s mans throne in the summer,

our last domain of control,

even the kids recognize,

authority of the king,

when he’s stood cooking at the grill.

In control of his world,

we stand on his every word,

waiting for the food and fun to come.

Happy times with family,

shared in the summer sun,

food and beer and stories,

the days go on and on.

Project Management made easy

How to simplify the black art of project management

Project management

A simple concept. Which over time has been made to look far harder than it is.

Over time that has made project management a real black art. One which most people have grown to hate.

Here’s the thing though, project management is:

A set of processes which let us break up a complex task into many small and simple parts

For example, if you want to build a house. Chances are if you guestimate what you need. It will be a mess and you will spend much more than you thought.

Project managing the planning and building of the same house. Let’s it get done the right way first time and on budget. At least that’s what we hope.

That’s what project management boils down to. A set of tools and processes to help us plan, de-risk, and complete complex tasks.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Here are some tips I can pass on, to help you navigate the often complex waters of project management in action:

  • Join the Project management institute (PMI). You can join as an affiliate member for free. There you get to see their resources. You also get a feel for the project management professional or PMP qualification. And the theory behind it. Plus some links to free resources etc. There are also the prince and ISO project management systems, but they all do the same thing. They also all started from PMI so stick with that.
  • You don’t need to use all the tools you’re given. Just as you wouldn’t use all the tools in a 500 piece tool kit to change a wheel. You don’t need to use all the project management tools all the time. Tools like pert estimation, for example, have their place. But if your project doesn’t need them, don’t use them.
  • Project management should support the process. Not consume time and resources. As above, if you’re having to spend time, money, and resources. Managing the project management process, then it’s not working for you. Revise accordingly.
  • KISS: A project that’s getting 4 people from the USA to India is not the same as building a rocket to the moon. You don’t need to use all the project tools for that, and you don’t need to make it complicated.

In this case, for example, your project charter can be 4 lines in an email. Giving the project manager authority, describing the scope, the timeline, and the budget.

The rocket’s project charter will be a multi-page detailed document with many sign-offs. Breakdown of the project teams and reporting lines, steering committee, sponsors, etc.

Keep it simple stupid as they say. And appropriate to the complexity of the project.

  • Tone down the language. Most projects have many documents for you to read. Starting with the project charter, then the management plan, execution plan, etc..

The list goes on. Making those documents easy to read is a win-win. They are easier for us to write, and if they are an easy read. You have a better chance of people reading them.

The project management plan that’s a 500-page masterpiece written like a Shakespeare play?

Most of the time it’s going in the trash. People don’t have the time to digest the language.

Also bear in mind not everyone will be native English readers. A good tool like Hemmingway can help you with the writing. It coaches you to write short lines with simple words.

The simpler it is, the more people will absorb it. The more they do that, the higher the chances of project success.

That’s it when you strip it back to the essentials. Project management is a tool. One that should make life easier. All too often though that’s not the case.

My advice always, and I have been running projects for several years. Is treat the project outcome as the deliverable. The management tools you use to meet that?

Keep them simple, easily explainable, highly readable, and only use what you need.

That’s the secret. It’s not a black art or a complicated science. It should be making your life easier.

If the project management approach used isn’t doing that. Ask yourself why and then act accordingly.

Italian Passion and me

A story about a love of red Italian motorcycle’s

Italian engineering passion,

in red please with a V-Twin,

underneath the racing fairing,

make the bike pop, bang and shake.

Engineered with character,

2 wheeled machine just feels alive.

Jekyll and Hyde lurk within it’s throttle,

gently urging you push harder and faster,

releasing it’s latin temper as you push to the red line.

Then its up another gear, surging forth once more,

adult fun with all your clothes on,

adrenaline rushing to the brain,

motorbikes mean dopamine and pleasure,

so the sciectific folks say.

I don’t know if that’s true,

but for me the independance and the freedom,

are what started my journey,

now a passion for any bike that’s made,

red, v-twin and Italian.

Horse

Much more than just a simple Animal out on the Steppe

The humble horse so revered in Central Asia,

transport, play mate, friend, and food.

So much more than just an animal,

worth more than just it’s bill of goods.

A life style and life giver,

for those who make their living on the steppe.

A rugged brutal country,

which can break the will of man,

Without the humble horse,

so much harder to survive…

Beshbermak

A taste of Kazakhstan

Beshbermak, a carb and protein attack,

made for hard living horsemen,

working hard out on the steppe.

Each family their own version,

handed down through generations,

lamb, horse even venison,

all made with love and affection.

The first true taste of Kazakhstan,

that wonderful country on the Silk Road,

which stands so tall and proud,

in the heart of Eurasia…

The Silver Darlings of the sea

Herring and sustainable fishing

The humble salty herring,

silver darling of the sea,

caught in net and barrel,

Served fresh to you and me.

Seafood provided by the ocean,

is good if fished sustainably.

Lessons learned, mistakes not repeated,

the modern fisherman believes,

so we eat the seafood harvest,

fresh and tasty on our plate.

And thanks’ to all of the fisherman,

working hard to feed the mouths,

of men women and children,

of those brave souls,

we should be proud…

A Central Asian Empire

A story of Genghis and his Khan’s

The Khan of Khan’s out riding the steppe,

in fear for their lives his rivals wept.

Fierce and determined he mowed them down,

world domination the aim, his jewel and crown.

A fearsome empire stretched half the globe,

powered by the silk road if truth be told.

From central Asia he ruled the world,

outwardly his view point turned.

Onwards and upwards to greater things,

today if you are central Asian you must be related to him.

The Khan of Khan’s Genghis is his name,

millennia later his name still brings fame.

The Glens and Lochs of Home

Scotland’s wild natural landscape.

The wild hills of Scotland,

the land thats home for me,

rugged land of beauty,

and a mix of weather too.

The glens, lochs and valleys,

so much to explore,

a wide expanse of nature,

experienced by air or foot.

So much to see and visit,

natural beauty to adore,

we are so lucky in Scotland,

to have such nature at our front door.