13 Sep Opportunity

It will often happen that you inherit a project from someone else.  Usually this project is well down the path towards failure which is the reason it’s switching hands: The project isn’t going well, is running behind, or things are changing in your department or organization.  This can be enormously frustrating when you feel that an inevitable failure has been dropped in your lap.  I recently came across a poem that has helped me be more conscious of when I’m presented with these situations and has allowed me to attack these challenges…like a hero…

This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:–
There spread a cloud of dust along a plain;
And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged
A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords
Shocked upon swords and shields. A prince’s banner
Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes.
A craven hung along the battle’s edge,
And thought, “Had I a sword of keener steel–
That blue blade that the king’s son bears, — but this
Blunt thing–!” he snapped and flung it from his hand,
And lowering crept away and left the field.
Then came the king’s son, wounded, sore bestead,
And weaponless, and saw the broken sword,
Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand,
And ran and snatched it, and with battle shout
Lifted afresh he hewed his enemy down,
And saved a great cause that heroic day.

– Edward Rowland Sill

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