Phase 1: trying

“Sometimes you just gotta roll the dice.” – Paul (the alien), Paul (the movie)

Things have going smoothly for the last week or so; I’ve made a couple of blog posts and a couple of awesome people have commented. Good times.

I thought it was about time for me to ‘fess up. I don’t know what I’m doing. Most bloggers I’ve come across seem to know what they are doing. I don’t. I didn’t want to wait until I was good – it could have been a damn long wait – so I’ve started now.

I’m in phase 1 right now, and that means trying. In this case I’m trying to do four things:

Write. A bit obvious this one. I like to write. Now I’m writing. Go me! 

Work towards my top-level goals. More on what they might be another time.

Tease out a process. I’m gathering some thoughts around a process I’ve had rattling away in the back of my head for some time. It’s part-Agile, part-Lean, and part wisdom accumulated from a decade or so working as a project manager. I’m not sure what the process is yet but I know it starts with trying and has the aim of small, repeated steps of improvement, moving gently up and to the right.

Finally, and this is the one that surprised me: 

Make the world more awesome

I realised something recently. Naive and simple I might be, but I want the world to be awesome. Not just good, but awesome. Not just for some people but for everybody.

I don’t see myself as being revolutionary material but that’s kind of the point. We could rely on the actions of the powerful few to make the world a better place or we mere peons could band together and do it. The technology exists now to make a motivated few a force to be reckoned with. Get enough people working together, taking baby steps in the right direction, and the cumulative effect could be surprising.

I don’t think I’m going to get very far. I’m unlikely to change anything. But the thing I’ve realised is that there is precisely no reason not to try.