I love starting projects. The initial buzz of an idea will keep me going for hours, maybe days. I’ll daydream about whether it would work, how it could make money, or make a difference to people in some way. I remember when starting a business was my latest project. It’s the longest one I’ve ever kept at.
I’ve always been like it. When I started my apprenticeship, I was working towards joining the RAF, my next project. When I eventually got in the RAF, I dreamt about getting to fly and when I eventually graduated to the squadron, I started a part-time business installing satellite dishes (more on that another time). Always thinking about the next project.
My current business has been the longest project I’ve stuck at and it hasn’t come naturally. I lost the excitement factor even before I’d left the RAF (this should have been a warning sign). Then the responsibility of making it work filled me with dread every day back in the early years. Now I know what I’m doing, it’s routine, yet rewarding.
Where will this project lead?
However, the real beauty of this project is not the money I make from it now, but the potential to do other interesting things with it. This week, I had an interview with BBC Radio about van security, last week I broke the news about a brand-new problem on Volkswagen keys that may affect millions of users. Next week my new website is released with its in-built learning centre. These are all mini projects that allow me to be open, to any new opportunity.
I’m pleased I started this project fifteen years ago. It’s given me this amazing opportunity, that keeps my head spinning. To quote ‘Red’ from my favourite film, The Shawshank Redemption.
Red: [narrating] ‘I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain…’