Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Vision for the Future: Project A

Today, after a very long time not feeling it, the spark inside me - the tesão I feel regarding my professional experience in Mozambique - the idea that these 3 years have not been spent here only to look back with resentment at some point in the future and think, "Damn, we were there at the right time, and we didn't make it happen,"...that spark came back full force.

I am part of a grand plan for business in Mozambique. I am part of an incredible team. We have a vision, and a real chance at making something work that would be an innovation in the country. I will call it Project A for now.

There is also a possibility that we will fail spectacularly, but at least we will have tried. One of my greatest fears is that I will look back and regret not having taken a risk. We are here at the right time. We have the experience. We have the people. We just need to take the gamble...and we are ready to do it.

Our brainstorming phase is over. We are moving forward, concretely, to put things into action.

Much more will come regarding these plans. They've been in our heads for nearly two years now. I can clearly see how everything has played its part in preparing us for this next step...our initial experiences doing consulting work in Chimoio, our freelance period in Maputo, working for various private-sector clients and donors, networking galore, my stint with Hugh Marlboro, my current consulting position at the BIC working on investment projects for local small and medium businesses...it all adds up, and it all comes together as the framework for a grand plan.

Come success or come failure, I'm just glad to have the spark back. The road forward will be a challenge, but I think we are all ready to have a go at it.

5 comments:

Linda said...

Glad to hear that your spark and enthusiasm are back. With all of your experience I am sure your plan A will be a huge success.

bart said...

sometimes there's a period of confusion, indecision or inability to focus when you're in an intermediate state, having finished one life phase and working up to another...

you've acquired many skills in the meantime, you've learned a lot about business, about the countries you're dealing with and about yourself, which all will help you in later life...

trust your intuition, follow your hunches and cherish the people you can trust... you'll do fine ;-)

keep well...

Brandie said...

I can't wait to find out what Project A is! Does it mean you'll be staying in Mozambique a few more years or moving on to a new location?

Ali la Loca said...

~Linda - It's a relief, honestly, to feel excited about a project again like this. I think Project A has a great chance at success, but a very real possibility of failure, too. That's part of the excitement of developing markets, I suppose - there are always many unpredictable factors at play that can influence even the most solid plan.

~Bart - I agree. I definitely feel I'm in the midst of a transition period, though I don't think I"m necessarily near the beginning of the next chapter quite yet. Thank you for the encouraging words!

~Brandie - Definitely staying in Mozambique! We don't have any plans to leave in the near future, actually. I'd say another 4-5 years is a given.

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