Sometimes projects don’t quite go as you expect them to.
My wife and I recently returned from our honeymoon in Namibia. The country is truly an amazing place and I cannot recommend visiting enough. Otherworldly scenery and fantastic wildlife viewing went hand and hand, day after day. It was the trip of a lifetime but at times it was a different trip than we planned.
We thought we had our itinerary all planned out when we arrived in Windhoek, the capital city. An old/nonexistent booking system caused some confusion at the lodge we planned on spending our first night. Lucky for the two of us, we had rented a 4×4 with camping gear. What’s the use of a 4×4 if you can’t get it dirty? We changed our plans, shifting our entire itinerary and headed in the opposite direction and into the Waterberg Plateau, along hundreds of kilometers of sand and gravel roads.
In the initial stage of a project just one small hiccup can alter the whole direction of a project. Sometimes that’s a bad thing, sometimes it’s not.
Camping earlier and for more nights than we planned changed the entire trip for us. We decided we didn’t need a lodge at any point of the trip and kept exploring the national parks from a more humble viewpoint. In places where predators lurked, we stayed in fenced in camp grounds to keep us safe but in smaller areas without lions we had a much more open experience. Chasing monkeys away and waking up to warthogs in your camp are memories we wouldn’t have had in a lodge, no matter how luxurious a lodge that might have been.
Sometimes when travelling, being flexible makes the whole experience better; on occasion, the same is true for a project. One small early change can point your project in a new direction. Sometimes a new direction is indeed for the better.
Happy Valentine’s Day.