High Performing Business – Discernment – Inspiration

Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.”  Thomas Edison

Developing discernment helps determine which butterflies to chase.

Developing discernment helps determine which butterflies to chase.

I love this quote by Edison as it shows how much work it takes to get an idea off the ground. Project Management is the bridge between inspiration and the targeted perspiration required to achieve results.  The better you are at project management, the faster you can go from inspiration to results.

Some inspirations are far more likely to pan out than others based on my innate strengths.  I had to learn to discern the good inspirations from the not so good inspirations, for me. I started my first company when I was 25 – and it was a big hit.  For about five years. Then I tried one “inspiration” after another – several failed businesses later, I found myself working a 9 – 5 job as a research scientist trying to figure out what went wrong.  My boss said I was a very good project manager, but would become even more successful if I mastered the fundamentals of project management. I did that and went on to create Cheetah Learning that has helped over 70,000 people also master the project management skills required to be successful in their careers.

Learning how to discern the right inspirations from just another crazy pie in the sky idea was critical for my success – and it’s precisely because of this 99% perspiration aspect.  It takes far more effort to implement an idea than to create the idea. There are only so many hours in the day.  Doing a quick pass through a short project plan template helps me decide what it would take for me to pull off that blinding flash of an idea. Taking this step helps me slow down and deliberate what even “pulling it off” would look like from that initial flash of insight.

Cheetah Certified Project Managers master the skills required to go from inspiration to results.  And they learn how to do this at Cheetah speed. Do you sometimes feel you get all jazzed up to go after the “next big thing” to only get discouraged when you realize it’s just not going to pan out for you (even if others had “amazing success” with it)?  You can learn how to quickly discern the right inspirations for you to pursue in the way that will work best for you. Register for the 60 hour online Cheetah Certified Project Manager course using the promotion code – “Discernment” to get $100 off the registration price.

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