My co-worker and I have been working on a specific project for quite some time now, and we are really excited to see the project attain “plateau” status. Now, I’m sure you are asking yourself what is that? Don’t you mean “peak” or “pinnacle” status? Like, you’re DONE?
Nope…I mean plateau. We are far from finished…yet, we have just attained a place of height that is flat where we can survey what we have accomplished. Meaning, we have done a lot in a very short amount of time and through blood, sweat and a couple tears (yep, I needed a few of Band-Aids) we were able to complete some big goals, finalize big parts of the whole project, mentor three interns along the way and we were energized by their youthful spirits throughout the project…we bit off more than we could chew at some points, but we got through it and now we have something really amazing. Yet, we still have a lot to do – maybe not as much as we accomplished in the last few months, but we have a lot to be proud of. At our vantage point on the plateau, we are able to see the pinnacle and that is what drives us now.
During this project, there was construction and a lot of DIY – do it yourself type smaller projects within the big project. One of these DIY projects was re-finishing a wood floor. After removing the carpet, all the glue, and sanding the wood, it was now time to stain the floor. This was my pet project and I recruited one of our interns to help me. She and I were surveying the room prior to getting down on our hands and knees to stain the floor and she looked at me and with a very concerned tone in her voice, she said, “Mendi, I don’t know if this is going to work…what if it doesn’t look good?” And I looked at her and with a smile on my face and glimmer in my eye, and said “Well, we won’t know until we try. And if it doesn’t work out, we will figure out another plan.” And, with that, we got busy staining. By the time we worked our way to the doorway and stood up and looked at the room we just finished, our muscles were sore, our knees hurt and she turned and looked at me and said, “Wow, this looks awesome. I’m sorry I doubted you.” I thanked her for her help and complemented her work ethic and hanging with me…as it was really a team effort.
So, what’s the moral of the story you may be asking yourself? Although we may have self-doubt or not a lot of confidence in the process, we always need to try and put forth a good effort. Economic Development is just that…it is a process that sometimes is allusive and hard to define; it may be very time consuming and success is not quick. However, celebrating the small successes and the plateaus we end up on are sometimes just as exciting as reaching the pinnacle or completing the project successfully.
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