Life is a project. You are the manager.

May 28, 2013

Dear Project Manager:

paul-mccartneyHave you ever felt like you were stuck?

Have you ever felt like you didn’t like your job, or like that promotion might never come, or that you’d like to start your own consultancy or business but didn’t know where to start?

Have you ever thought you’d be a great public speaker, or you could write a book?

Have you ever felt like something had to change but at the same time overwhelmed by the mere idea of change?

Have you ever believed you were made for more?

Well I have.

And I’d like to take this opportunity here to tell you what I’m doing with this website.  I know you come here – I check the site statistics.  I know you are constantly looking for information on project management.  I know exactly what you search for in Google and end up landing on my site.

And for all the times you landed here and left wanting more, I apologize.

See, for a long time I knew I had a powerful platform in my hands but did not know what do with it.  I did not know what value I could bring to the PM profession.  I felt like I didn’t have enough experience, and that I had little value to add to you.

RingoHave you ever felt this way?  You know, that feeling after you attend a great presentation by a fellow project manager… That little voice in your head that tells you “If I only were that awesome I could do this or that with my career and my life?”

Have you ever felt you are Ringo Starr but life’s given you a guitar?

I felt like that for a long time.  There was always someone more experienced, someone with a better job situation, with a business, with a more inspiring career, etc.  In the back of my mind, I always blamed their success on them either being smarter or luckier than me.

But what I came to realize in the last couple of years is that it is not about smarts or luck.

The people who are succeeding, they are doing so because they take steps.  Little steps. Everyday.

They believe their lives and their careers have a beginning.

They believe they’ll have an end.

They believe their lives are unique.

They believe they are in charge and as such, they succeed regardless of the hand they’ve been dealt or the circumstances they found themselves in.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Successful Project Managers treat life as a project.

In my experience with this website, my success as the Project Manager of Remontech, and being at the helm of the Construction Industry Podcast, I have been mingling with some of the most successful people in our profession today.  And this is what I was able to gather:

Life is a project.  You are the manager.

While most people have all the resources need to turn their lives around and move things forward, I honestly believe that Project Managers are especially equipped to do great things, more so than the average individual.


Project Managers are trained and paid to get stuff done, on time, on budget, and within scope.  Project Managers have an eye for taking something complex such as life and breaking it down into smaller, more manageable chunks.  Project Managers understand their own limitations and learn to delegate.  Project Managers work well with people.

These are the ingredients you need to take charge of your life and your career.  You already have what it takes.

What I want to do with PM for the Masses is to inspire you to understand this and start taking steps to go where you want to go.  I want you to understand that what happens to you is your responsibility.  Or, as Henry Ford once said, I want to convey to you that whether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you are right.

And how am I going to to this?

I’d like to tell you that I am taking all that I have learned in the world of new media, reaching out to my extensive network of amazing Project Managers and turning the PM for the Masses brand into a weekly audio podcast.

PM for the Masses Podcast


John wants you to go out and do something.

On the PM for the Masses podcast, I will share with you my own journey as I take control of my career as a project manager.  I will also interview other Project Managers who are doing fantastic work and standing out in our industry.  I will ask them what exactly they did to write that best selling book, or to start a consultancy, or to get that dream job.

The PM for the Masses podcast will take success and break it down into chewable bites.  It will also inspire you to think outside the box and do the unexpected.

I also want to show you what will happen in my own life as I myself think outside the box and launch a podcast such as this one.

I will eat of my own cooking.  I will drink of my own potion.

In the very least I want you to come away from this show thinking that “if even this foreign guy in his mid-30s can do it, so can I.”

So that’s it my friends.

By the end of June I will be releasing the first episode of the PM for the Masses Podcast.

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