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The Importance of Enthusiasm

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI Fellow

Madrid, Spain

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Projects are not all sweetness and light, not by a great deal. However you can put a new spirit, new creative skill into your project manager’s job. Indeed, you can do better and better with everything. I you want it, and then you can do it. So we need to learn how to utilize enthusiasm in order to move into the exciting and creative segment of the successful project managers. You will find among them total agreement that enthusiasm is the priceless ingredient of personality that helps to achieve happiness and self-fulfillment.

For without enthusiasm, one would scarcely be willing to endure the self-discipline and endless toil so necessary in developing professional skill. I believe enthusiasm is the dynamic motivator that keeps one persistently working toward his goal. The mental and spiritual heat created by enthusiasm can burn off the apathy failure elements in any personality and release hitherto unused, even unsuspected powerhouse qualities. If you go beyond simmering, even to boiling, probably you will discover talents and powers you never dreamed were yours. At the start of every project there are always the negativists who say, “It just cannot be done, this project will fail..”. The pessimistic is so eager to be able to say. “I told you so”.

In my particular case when I started my PM Consulting business my enthusiasm bred faith, and faith stimulated action. I believed in my project. Obviously I had many problems and issues during the two first years, I’m still has more problems and issues. But I’m always focused on learning from my failures and reinforcing my achievements. I always look at the positive side of life. Enthusiasm is passion and passion is related to fire in a special way. Enthusiasm builds a fire within a person…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alfonso Bucero

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Alfonso Bucero, DEA, PMP, PMI Fellow, is founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting, based in Madrid.  Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group).  He was also the President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 29 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. Alfonso is a contributing editor and international correspondent for PM World in Spain.  Alfonso can be contacted at [email protected].