What’s your life calling? Frederich Buechner wrote that calling is “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”
My greatest joy is teaching.
I got it honest, as we’d say in the South. My father taught farmers how to farm and my mother taught students high school chemistry. As a result, farmers put food on our tables, and students went on to be doctors, engineers, and to perform research all around the world. I remember students returning to my small hometown — Donalsonville, Georgia — years later to thank my mother.
While I’d never say our family was wealthy, daddy and mama lived rich lives. They found their joy in serving and teaching others. Some of the world’s deep needs were met. I know mine were.
My blog traffic has grown from 100 people to about 5,000 visitors per month, and my mail list has grown to more than 1,000 people. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting and teaching people from all over the world. For a guy who grew up pulling weeds in peanut fields, I’ve been in high cotton.
Opening a New Chapter in My Life
I’ve had a growing sense that it was time for me to transition from my job as an Enterprise Risk Manager at the Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company to invest my full time and energy in my LLC – the Project Risk Coach. And January 1, 2017, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing.
- Conducting Facebook Live Sessions
- Creating more online courses
- Teaching onsite and online classes
- Coaching and consulting
- Writing more project management books like The Intentional Project Manager
My primary focus will be to help project managers to turn uncertainty into success. How? I’ll teach on the problems project managers tell me they face such as dealing with unrealistic deadlines, managing their projects while attempting to meet the project management requirements of their organizations, poorly defined requirements, and the constant evolution of their IT and project management environments.
I’ll also help project managers to prepare for their PMP and PMI-RMP exams, as well as help certified project managers to get their Professional Development Units (PDUs).
Life will not be all work. I plan to spend more time gardening, playing guitar, traveling with my wife, and teaching at my local church – Ingleside.
As I make this transition, I thank God for the wonderful support of my wife and children. I’m grateful to the many friends I’ve made at Farm Bureau and for my new friends that I’ve met through the Project Risk Coach. The best is yet to come.
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