If You Want To Be Successful In Life Try Not To Spend All Your Time Planing

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Why Do People Want To Be Successful In Life?

A successful entrepreneur is the guy that makes his ideas happen, even if there are a number of unexpected problems along the way, and even if the idea isn’t a very good one to begin with.

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We also added that they don’t just take one roll of the dice either. The entrepreneurs who are the most successful are very adverse to risk. They don’t make really big bets.

If you want to follow the leads of the best entrepreneurs, then you need to start with smart, small steps. Specifically, you’d have to do the following:

1. Start with what you want. You have to locate/think of something that you have a desire to build out first. You don’t need to have much passion, but you do have to just enough desire to get started and get the ball rolling. You might really want to open a restaurant, but you might not know if a restaurant will ever be open to you.



2. Take a quick smart step toward the goal as quickly as you can. What is a smart step, really? It is a step where you have to act in a quick way, and you have to do so with whatever is at hand. You have to use anything that’s available, who you know, what you know, and everything else in between. There’s a lot that you have to factor in to it. You might know a great chef, you might ask your family for money, and you might be able to get enough cash together to open it up. You have to make sure that the step isn’t going to cost more than you have though. You have to get on others on board with you if you want to get more resources, spread all the risk out, and verify the quality of the idea too.

3. You have to reflect on what you’ve learned from taking that step, and you have to build on it. Every time that you act, the reality will change. Sometimes, you will take a step, and it will get you nearer to what you desire. You might want to afford something that’s just outside of the downtown area. Sometimes, what you want might change. You might see that there are a ton of restaurants near you. You might have to take another look at the menu you have. If you pay close attention, you will always learn a little something. Once you act, you need to ask if those actions got you any closer to your goal. If yes, then it looks like you might be able to open up a restaurant near you. You might still need more resources to go forward. You might have to find another chef, and it might be a Chinese chef. Do you still want to go through with your objective? If so, then you need to proceed.

4. You have to act, learn, build, and repeat. That is what takes down your uncertainty. That is, providing that you really start and attempt to turn your idea into something real.

All of this sounds great, most of you agree, but then there were some people that wanted to know about planning. They wanted to know if it was a core component. There were others that wanted to know if you had to have a ton of resources too?

These were all good questions, and we’ll deal with them now.

Planning is alright, but there are some caveats.

I’m not really against planning, but it begins with the assumption that you can tell the future with a good degree of certainty. If you can tell the future, then you should predict the future, develop a lot of plans for getting what you want, choose one of them, get the necessary resources together, and then go ahead and implement that plan.

This will work nicely when things in the future are very similar to what they were just in the immediate past. If you’re thinking of figuring out how to sell a current product in a nearby market, for instance, no big overhaul of your thinking will be required. The way you usually solve for this kind of situation will work well, and you won’t ever need to discard anything that works either.

This is a big deal, however, because there are a number of unpredictable situations. To really nail home the difference, between situations that are predictable and ones that are not, we need to go down the path that’s the ideal one to go up against the world that we all have to encounter. Now, we need to imagine a couple of different scenarios for what we’ve presented in a separate context.

Say that you want to get all the way from national capital to Boston. It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? You think about the time you will be going, and it might be next week, and then you begin to come up with a lot of separate practical decisions too.

  • Do you want to get there very quickly?
  • Are there any spots you would like to stop at along the way?
  • What is the way that you’d like to travel now?
  • What is the specific day and time that you’d like to travel?

You have the idea in mind now. You would plan out your whole itinerary ahead of time. You’d figure out that you need to stop for a day in New York City, you’d think about traveling by car, and you’d get a route, and plan it out, so that you could go there successfully. You might need a GPS or traditional map to help map out your course too.

If you go off-road, then it’s not a big deal. You would look at your map once again, you would get out the GPS and reboot it again, and you might even stop and ask for some directions, and then you would travel out again and be on your merry way.

Say that you got dropped into the Amazon Rain Forest though, and you needed to get home, you wouldn’t be doing too much planning, and the type of planning you did do, would be different. You wouldn’t be thinking of the priority of steps, and you wouldn’t probably wouldn’t be doing hardly any planning.

You’d take a little step in the right direction, and then you’d stop and take a look at what you’d learned from making that little step. You might think that you’re still on dry ground, and you might see a little bit of daylight in the area you were heading. You might want to go and take another step in that direction.

You would then act. You wouldn’t take another small step. You’d learn a lot from taking that step. You would seem to be going in the right way. You would build from taking that step. In the second type, you’d just do enough to keep you going, and then you would get on your way.

Gathering resources, planning, and researching doesn’t nearly help you as much when the world is moving so fast as it does. You might come up with a perfect plan, and the world might have passed you by while you were planning it. By the same token, you might end up solving a problem that has either long since passed, or it’s been solved by another person.

When you’re facing an unpredictable situation, you need to act, learn, build, and repeat. Read more on Forbes about Success


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  • Hello Kenneth. Great article! I could do better with a little less planning and a little more doing myself.

    I like what you say about the fact that we are not able to predict the future, thus we are not being able to plan every step exactly. In my business I found that the best offers I got were from jus working on my projects and not expecting a certain outcome. That way I was open for some great possibilities that opened up, which I might not have anticipated if I were heading towards one ‘higly specific’ direction.

    I do have a quick question for you. Do you use some kind of system that will help with keeping track of your experiences and the planning you do from there?

    Have a good one,


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