Jack LaLanne died today at the age of 96.
What I found most interesting about Jack LaLanne was that he said he hated exercising. He made no bones about it; he didn't enjoy it.
But he did it because the benefits were well worth the costs.
Legal Project Management and Jack LaLanne have something in common. LPM by itself is not necessarily fun. But it's a means to an end.
Jack LaLanne made his life fun - and a lot longer - because of his vigorous workout routines. The workouts themselves weren't fun, but the results were.
I'd say the same is true, by and large, for Legal Project Management. Doing the work isn't fun - it's neutral, sometimes engaging, sometimes frustrating, always strength-building. (In this case, the strength you build isn't in your muscles but in your organization.)
The work itself may not be fun... but it enables you to have a lot more fun in the rest of the work you do.
Most of us who exercise don't do it because it's fun; we exercise because it make the rest of our lives better.
Most of us in LPM don't think of project management as fun, but we do it because it makes the projects themselves a lot more enjoyable... and successful.
That's the Jack LaLanne principle.
LPM isn't the end, it's a means to an end.
Rest in peace, Jack.
(If there's a heaven, I suspect in five years the angels will be in really good shape.)
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