Thought-Provoking Commentary for the Lawson Software Community
No Pain, No Gain?
September 23, 2009Posted by on
Sure, it’s a tired adage, but it’s rather fitting.
We live in exciting times. The economy may be down, but everywhere I go, recovery is in the air. Here in the DC metro area, we have some huge infrastructure projects underway:
- Addition of high-occupancy toll lanes to the DC Beltway
- Extension of the Metro rail line to Dulles Airport
- Construction of the Maryland Inter-County Connector
These are the types of projects that we have needed for many years. Ironically, these projects were all approved and funded prior to the economic stimulus package recently signed by President Obama. Part of the “cost” of these projects is the short-term pain that must be endured.
The DC area has notorious traffic congestion, and these projects just make it worse–at least in the short-term. The end-goal is that these projects will result in less congestion, less pollution, economic growth, etc. In other words, we have to endure some short-term pain in order to reap the long-term rewards.
It’s the same with those ERP upgrades you seem to face on a never-ending basis. In order to keep moving forward, you need to trust that the pain is worth it, and have faith in an greatly-improved future end-state. If you do, that may just get you through the pain that you endure as you achieve the promised gain.