Beach Walk Insights - Volume 1, Issue 23 - Play time 3m 35s
I'll certainly remember the excitement of the Rosetta mission reaching its climax this week for many years to come, and I'm many of you will too. It's amazing to think of a space mission launched a decade ago reaching its destination safely. What a triumph of human endeavour for the many engineers and scientists involved - some of whom will have spent their entire professional lives dedicated to this 25 year old project.
So excitement aside, what's this got to do with you and you business?
It's true to say that there are many projects that last a long time and leave a long-lasting legacy - think of the many public infrastructure projects undertaken by the Victorians - all the railway bridges, viaducts and tunnels we still use to this day. Modern examples also exist: the London's Crossrail project and the Channel Tunnel being prime examples.
Big companies tend to dominate the 'big project' league tables. It's easier for them to marshal the necessary resources. From a human perspective though, the people involved still need to have enormous faith to see such projects through to fruition.
It's this concept of 'faith' that I believe is particularly important and it's something that I'd like to see more of in the SME sector. The small and medium sized businesses really are the engine of our economies and I believe a bit more self-belief would do us all a lot of good.
Be amazed at the engineering and science by all means - but admire the faith of those at the heart of the Rosetta project, and put some of it into your own efforts.