8 Expensive Lessons in Project Management, for Free!

When it comes to project management, it’s so much cheaper to learn from someone else’s mistakes. So here are a few of mine!

I’ve been running projects for my whole adult life. I started with computer games at IG. After ten years I switched to marketing and copywriting projects at Articulate Marketing, which I still run. On top of that, I’m now also CEO of Turbine, an online app for purchases, expenses, time off management and HR record-keeping.

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Photo: Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig

Project management is the art, craft and science of getting stuff done by teams. And it’s also like walking through a minefield. These tips – based on my own experience over 20 years – will help you find your way through it.

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If You Can Dream It, You Can Do it!

Dreaming is at the heart of disruption — it is only when we dream that we can hope to create something truly new, something that will overtake old habits, old customs, and old ways of thinking and being… And the more we dream ourselves into becoming who we want to be, the closer we’ll come to accomplishing our resolutions.

Whitney Johnson, in a great HBR blog post about paying attention to our dreams and who we are.

Life is a precious gift. Don't waste it being unhappy, dissatisfied, or anything else you can be

The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Slowing Down and Why Grandma’s Always Right.

Are entrepreneurs always dissatisfied?

It’s hard to stop and bask in your own achievements. It’s why we strive to build a tool that shows you how far you’ve come to motivate and inspire. Daniel DiPiazza, who works with plenty of young go-getters brimming with restless, entrepreneurial spirit, reminds us about the importance of learning to relax and appreciate your own hard work.

Grandmas have an uncanny way of presenting elegant solutions to life’s most vexing conundrums — wisdom without tripping the alarm system. Every day, mine would take me on a short walk from our suburban duplex to the small office where she practiced law at her own firm. I always thought the walks were social outings, but looking back, I know now they were opportunities for her to teach me her life philosophies.

At seven, I just wasn’t ready for the sophisticated dose of grandmotherly psychological judo I received, but her words stayed with me.

“Do not be beholden.”

We talked a lot about entrepreneurship, self-direction, motivation, and self-image on our walks. These may seem like heavy topics for a first-grader, but I am certain I would not be the person I am today had we not had these talks. One thing she said to me still rings crystal clear:

“There is no greater pleasure than working for yourself. You do not want to be beholden to anyone else. Chart your own path.”

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Photo: Cornelia Kopp

As I got older and started working, something didn’t feel right. I never really felt like I fit in anywhere that I worked. At first I thought it was the job. Or the boss. Or the co-workers. Or the uniform. Until I ran out of “or’s”.

That’s when I realized — it was me.

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The Secret Behind Malcolm Gladwell’s Success

“I feel I was simply stubborn enough to want to do my thing… . If there’s something that you want to do, you should just do it. And maybe the world will reward you and maybe it won’t, but it doesn’t matter as long as you’re happy.”

The Big Think asked Malcolm Gladwell what the secret was behind his success. We learn from his answers not to worry about it, that expertise doesn’t necessarily translate into success, and that if you do what you want to do, that’s success enough.

The Tweet Elite: Weekly Wrap-up

In case you missed any of them, this week’s best tweets from @iDoneThis.  This week, happiness and success are head to head in the popularity vote.

  • These 10 habits may be keeping you from happiness. Do you know what they are and how to quit them? 
  • Here are the 10 rules that successful people live by. Do you know them? Do you live by them?
  • Want to get ahead of the competition? You’ll need to do what others don’t. These 21 things will give you an edge in the race for success.
  • The World Happiness Report, commissioned by the UN Conference on Happiness, reveals what makes us happy worldwide.  The data on work & happiness is especially intriguing.
  • Sometimes the only motivation you need is knowing that it can be done. And it can. Inspiration on not giving up and assurance that you are on the right track.