Over the past 6 weeks or so I’ve been intensely focused on one single project. It’s not my normal way of doing things because I usually have a number of different things on the go. As much as it was great to be able to concentrate on one task for an extended time, there’s one thing that has been lacking: perspective.

It’s really easy to get lost in the minute detail of a big project. To think that it’s the only thing in the whole world that matters. But in reality, it’s a small component of your life, and things won’t fall apart if you don’t reach your targets.

Zooming Out

So today was spent gaining perspective on my life. I spent a little time in each of my projects, which will include the following over the next few months:

  • Lecturing the Strategic Thinking course at UCT
  • Consulting on the beef genetics project
  • Organising the local Oxford Map the System challenge
  • Consulting on a strategy for an economic development zone
  • Masters thesis in behavioural/development economics

After looking at this, I realised that I was doing exactly the work that I wanted to be doing, in the way I wanted to be doing it. I have a variety of projects, from strategy to economic development to systems entrepreneurship. I also have the flexibility to move between them and the autonomy to run my days as I see fit.

A few years ago, I would only have dreamt of being in such. And here I am, with a big picture that’s looking pretty awesome.

I’ll probably be diving quite deeply into each of these over the next few weeks. But it’s great to gain perspective on my life, and realise that I’m precisely where I want it to be 🙂


Image is of Table Mountain, taken from Blouberg a few years ago. Thought it was quite cool perspective of our little city

 

Quick note: writing this post brought to mind a post on Wait But Why –> “Life is a picture, but you live in a pixel

 

Song of the day: Synthetic - The Midnight (Mango vs We are all Astronauts Remix)
Blog 101/365. Read more about my #365of25 journey here

 

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