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Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

October 10, 2011

One thing I’ve learned, after years of trying and trying again, is that things don’t always go as planned.  In fact, things rarely go exactly as planned.

Often times, all that’s necessary along your journey is a tweak or two your original plan. And usually your perspective is the first and most important shift. But sometimes a more drastic rearrangement is necessary to avoid a failure that you can’t readily heal from.

Either way, your “plan a” should never be considered etched in stone. Whether the variation is large or small, it is absolutely vital to have the flexibility to consider a “plan b,” and yes, a “plan c.”

Why Now?

With a national unemployment rate of 9.1%[1], and talk of another recession in the media,[2] it’s no stretch to say that times are uncertain.  And in times like these, the word failure takes on a new, potentially devastating meaning.

By definition, an entrepreneur takes risks—look it up in the dictionary and see for yourself.  And while the most successful people ended up that way by walking the unbeaten path, most of them failed multiple times before getting it right (try Henry Ford, Bill Gates and Walt Disney, to name a few.)

The truth is, failure and success are like two sides of a coin.  It’s through failure that we learn the most valuable lessons, ultimately preparing us to achieve real success.

But I say, don’t just fail, fail smart. If and when you fail, don’t let it rule you. Be prepared, have your “plan b” and “plan c” in mind, and get back on your feet fast—unscathed and reenergized.

Plan B: What It Is, and What It Isn’t

“Plan b” will mean different things to different people, but what I am ultimately referring to involves vision, flexibility and thinking outside the box.

What I am talking about is not the last resort plan you dust off when starvation seems imminent .  This is the plan that comes out of the simple realization that there are many pathways to success, and you might not be on the right one—yet.

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2 Comments
  1. I am so glad you have a blog – Now I feel I have a way to learn from you. Its just like your on the block and I can visit you everyday! Great post I am going to really enjoy this!!!!!!!

    • marjoriepbestlife permalink

      Thank you for joining me on the blog RoxAnne! Please share this with your friends so they can hang out with us on the block too =)

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