MANAGING GROWTH

Construction: Growth Lessons from a Complex Process

Personal and professional growth is like a construction site

In Summary

• Growth challenges and changes your present to bring about the future that is nothing like your past

•With patience, hard work, and consistency, growth like construction, bears fruits that everyone enjoys

If you live in or have visited Nairobi, Kenya, recently, you would know about the 27.1km Nairobi Expressway Project. The realities of this road project (or any construction) parallel those of the growth process because, at different stages and areas of our lives, we are all under construction.

Let’s face it: typically, the construction process is chaotic, inconvenient, costly, stressful, etc. Likewise, the personal or professional growth process can be painful, rigorous, and demanding, hence few sign on. Ultimately, the benefits are great, but often, the process is unattractive.

To understand construction is to comprehend growth. The construction process can instruct you on how to successfully go through your personal and professional growth. Here are three growth lessons from The Nairobi Expressway Project. 

Growth is Messy: In Nairobi, some roads have been cordoned off due to construction, and therefore, the traffic jam can be crazy at certain times. It is inconvenient for people, and at sight, it is a mess. It is a good picture of growth – the process is messy. It’s full of twists and turns and gives people a feeling of uncertainty. Like the Expressway Project, growth is fantastic when it’s complete – Nairobi would look better when the project is done. But for now, it’s a mess, and Nairobians must live through it to eventually enjoy the benefits that the project promises.

Growth is Future-Focused: Construction is about the future – although, it inconveniences the present to birth it. Growth is the same. Your present is challenged and changed to bring about the future that is nothing like your past. When the Nairobi Expressway Project is complete, the city will look nothing like its past; there will have a new environment. A good understanding of this principle would help you commit to the growth process. In the end, a new and more exciting future with more possibilities emerges.

Growth Requires Patience: The Nairobi Expressway Project will not be complete in a month or two. The process will take its due course, and the city’s residents must be patient. Likewise, the growth process cannot be rushed. It will be complete in due time. Here, patience means consistently and diligently doing the work required for growth. You have to show up daily to ensure that key tasks are done within the assigned time frame. Also, it’s wise to leave room for mistakes and missteps along the way. But ultimately, with patience, hard work, and consistency, growth like construction, bears fruits that everyone enjoys.