I tried leaving the door open hoping people would drive by and throw in bags of money, but that didn't work, so now I'm going with this plan.
This was my response years ago when my new husband asked me if I was going to continue traveling so much for business.
Often, I ask young people in high school and college what their plans are for the future and they tell me something like,
- I'm going to win the Olympics.
- I'm going to be in the NBA.
- I'm going to be a pediatrician.
- I'm going to start my own company to sell my designs for sportswear.
- I'm going to transfer from the community college to Stanford, major in computer science there and go work for Microsoft after I graduate.
A wish, according to our good friends at Merriam-Webster, is
"a desire for something to happen or be done".
A plan, is defined as
Something that a person intends to do
a set of actions that have been thought of as a way to do or achieve something ... a method to achieving an end
Notice the key difference here - with a plan, you don't just want something to happen but you are also taking STEPS to MAKE it happen. The last person sounded like he had a plan, but, in fact, he spent far more time partying than studying. The result was that he had a C average and no more chance of getting admitted to Stanford than Patti and Lynnie - and they at least have the excuse of being guinea pigs.
My advice to people who want to improve their situation in life is simple:
- Have a short-term plan,
- Have a long-term plan,
- Regularly evaluate how well you are doing on both of those.
In my case, I want the games for my company, 7 Generation Games, to be used by millions of students throughout the country. To make that happen, we need really good games that are easy for people to install and use.
How am I doing on it? Truthfully, I could be doing better. That's why I look at how I've been doing on a daily basis - today, I did some work on the game but mostly was "distracted" by deadlines on other projects that I have that also pay me money. That's not a terrible thing. It's like missing practice because you had to study for a final exam.
However, you need to be aware that your plan is off a little and make up for it - practice twice a day on the weekend. If you did poorly on a test because you were at a tournament, next time, study on the bus on the way there and back so you don't fall behind. If you aren't keeping up with your plan, decide if it's really worth it to you to go to the Olympics or get into Harvard. Maybe it's not. If it is, then you need to decide how you are going to change to make that happen.
In my case, I have to quit blogging and get back to work.