Author: David Haynes

There is a workplace strategy in some organizations called "up and to the right". It is viewed as the way success happens. Always moving onward and upward. It is powerful stuff. All motivated team members should be thinking "up and to the right". Is life that way?


Life's journey is not a continuous up and to the right. Life has a more bumpy road than that. In fact, life's experiences get in the way. Most people end up having the road of "up and to the right" with the following detours (some good, some bad):

What drives success, overcoming these detours, is a combination of three things:

Most of life's detours are not in our control. We can control the drivers of success of attitude, persistence, and learning.




Success, like beauty, is in the eye of the individual. Identify your definition of success and have a great attitude, be unbelievably persistence, and always improve.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal:  it is the courage to continue that counts"  - Winston Churchill

"If you accept the expectation of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome" - Michael Jordan.

This post was originally published on David’s blog Connecting the [Data]…

       David Haynes
David Haynes, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP
Ideate Director of Consulting

David is a Registered Architect, Project Management Certified Professional, who previously had his own architectural practice and was President of a commercial design–build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of University of Arizona, he has worked as an Architect, contractor, developer and as a national construction manager for a national retailer. David currently provides business process analysis, data integration, and change management solutions for AEC clients across the United States involved in the design and construction industry. Follow David on Twitter.