It is fantastic when you can use success as the springboard to more success. You might find that you manage to get into a rhythm in your projects which lets you move from one successfully completed piece of work to another.
However, what if you are more driven at first by the fear of failure than the appeal of success? This might sound like a negative approach at first but there are some good reasons for thinking that this could be a useful way of starting your career in project management.
Fear of Going Back to Your Old Job
I don’t know if other people are motivated by this but I know that I am. I had spent a long time working in less than stimulating roles before I moved into project management. I immediately felt as thought I had found the right kind of job for me once I worked on my first project. However, with that realization came the fear that I could end up getting moved back into a job where I answered phones or stuck colored stickers on folders all day long. Working in the project world allows you to use your creativity and your decision making skills a lot more than you would do in other jobs. Once you get a taste of this it can be hard to imagine going back to work in a role which doesn’t let you do a lot of thinking or add in your own ideas on a regular basis.
Fear of Letting People Down
When I started in my project role I had a lot to thank my manager for. He was the guy who interviewed me and took me on despite my glaring lack of experience in this environment. He obviously saw something in me which was suited to working in projects but at first I was extremely worried about letting him down. Once you start up your projects then you will also want to avoid letting down your stakeholders, end users and colleagues. There are many people who will be depending upon you to go a good job and you will want to make sure that they get what they want from the piece of work.
Fear of Looking Like a Fool
Oh dear, I thought as my first day in the project office ended, I have absolutely no idea what I am doing here. If you have come from a business background then you will probably feel much the same way, with serious doubts creeping in about whether you are cut out for this job after all. The guy I mentioned earlier on who carried out my interview had a fantastic way of explaining this. He would draw a simple graph which showed how your levels of competence in a role climb over time until they reach a certain level which they never fall from. The problem you will find at first when you move into the project world is that this level will immediately plunge. Even when you recover you r confidence after a while you are likely to suffer another setback when you are given a new project and new things to learn. Bearing this in mind it is no wonder that many of us feel as though our lack of knowledge could lead to us looking like more of a fool than we have done at work for a long.
Fear of Getting Bored
If there is one thing I don’t expect you to experience in your role as a project manager it is boredom. It is a job which changes so quickly and exposes you to so many new things that you certainly shouldn’t ever be bored. Sure, there will be a few slow times as you wait for things to happen and other moments in which you do tasks which maybe aren’t the most exciting in the world. However, you will know that something fresh and exciting isn’t far away. That, for me, is the key to enjoying this line of work. I always know that no matter what I am do right now I won’t be doing it forever. This takes me right back to the very first point and how I was terrified of going back into a job which never changes and in which I felt trapped. You should enjoy your time working on projects and if that means being afraid of some things then there is no problem with that.