A good teacher will explain the critical path as the longest sequence of activities, which provides the shortest possible time (duration) to finish the project.
By all means read that again. Lol.
The significance of the critical path is that it determines the duration of the project. What it then means is that if you are keen on shortening the entire project you should focus on activities on the critical path. Otherwise, your efforts will be wasted. Likewise, any delay to activities on the critical path is a delay to the entire project.
So how does this relate to our lives, you ask?
Hold that thought.
We are all on a journey.
A journey to a better place, a higher purpose, a higher manifestation of our capabilities, a higher recognition and reward for our contribution.
On this journey, there are many bus-stops.
Where you are today – in your career, business, marriage – is your current bus stop.
And from this bus-stop you will go to another bus-stop, and another…..
Have you not heard of how Joseph was recommended to become Prime Minister of Egypt? He was recommended by someone he helped solve a pressing problem while in prison (Genesis 40). Imagine if Joseph had smirked at his fellow prisoners and told them he couldn’t interpret dreams?! Just imagine! His dreams would probably still be fulfilled, but how much longer would he have had to wait? We’ll never know.
The point is, your current bus-stop is always on the ‘Critical Path’ of your life. And the irony of the ‘Critical Path’, just as we have seen in Project Management is that “the long way many times is the short cut.”
So, where ever you find yourself today, make a conscious effort to bring your best to the table. Engage your mind to make the most of your time at your current bus stop. And if you’re in a position of service, serve cheerfully and diligently; with all your might (Ecc 9: 10a).
Do it for you. Learn all you need to, and bring your best to the table. Always. And the title or lack of title doesn’t even matter. Neither does the present reward or lack of one.
Don’t be so fixated on what you think you deserve, or be so much in a hurry to get to your next bus stop that you miss the opportunity to create it by your attitude towards where you are today.
Trust me. Your current bus stop is pivotal to your next bus stop, and may in fact determine the direction of your entire journey.
Remember: You are right now on the critical path of your life. Meaning, everything you do on this path will accomplish one of two things – shorten your journey to your desired better place, or lengthen it.
Let your actions align to shorten the journey to your next ‘better’ bus stop.
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