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    20 August 2012

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    What’s Your Plan?

    When you’re a kid, you’re expected to follow directions, do your homework, behave, clean behind your ears and speak politely to all adults.

    There’s also a good chance that your parents had plans for your future. These may have included going to college or following in your father’s or mother’s footsteps, possibly even joining the family business.

    Now, what happens to kids who don’t agree with the expectations for them, don’t see any value in going to college right out of high school, or choose a major that makes no obvious sense and have no interest in meeting those parental plans?

    Well, sometimes, they become entrepreneurs.

    One of the fundamental differences between entrepreneurs and other people is a willingness to defy expectations and head in a different direction. Here’s the key to success: if you’re going to jump, know where you’re headed first. You don’t have to follow someone else’s path – in fact, you’re probably better off not doing that. But you’d better have a path lined up or you can waste a lot of time wandering around. Here are some areas where you will accomplish more and be happier by developing some written goals and strategies.

    Relationships

    Surprised, aren’t you? You thought I’d start with career or money? Wrong. The place to start is with what you want out of your personal life, particularly in terms of relationships. Do you want to marry? Have children? How about maintaining connections with friends and family members?

    These goals can affect where you live, how much money you need to earn to be comfortable financially, what kind of wife or husband you want and how much free time you hope to have. They’re also the most important life goals. Really. A life plan when it comes to relationships is also about taking responsibility for your behavior with other people. For example, part of your life plan may be simply to treat everyone you encounter with consideration and respect.

    Career

    When creating a life plan for your career, start by thinking about what you like doing. Are you happier starting and completing projects, or do you prefer steady long-term efforts? Do you want to interact with people, technology, numbers, ideas or some combination? What do you hate to do? One thing to understand is that if you want to become an entrepreneur because you hate having people tell you what to do, gear up, because customers do that all the time.

    Now, take the time to draw out where you see yourself over the next five to ten years. Understand that life is likely to change that plan over and over, but that’s OK. You need to see a direction to keep moving up.

    Health

    This may not seem that important, but as you get older you will pay for the neglect of the younger you. Take a look at your parents and grandparents. Are they still alive? Are they in good health? That’s the content of your gene pool. If knee replacements are common among them, you may be smart to choose an exercise other than running. If they’re overweight, think about taking off that extra ten pounds around your middle before it becomes twenty. Eat your leafy greens. Be realistic about what you can and are willing to do – we’re not talking Olympic quality here – but build something into your plans.

    Money

    How much do you need and how much do you want? Are you willing to sacrifice some dollars to do work that you love? What kind of car do you want to drive? What kind of home are you hoping to have by the time you’re 30 or 40 or 50? When would you like to retire and with how much of a cushion? What will you need to support your kids – all one to six of them?

    Personal Issues

    Take the time to consider your values on things such as spirituality, ethics and integrity, giving back, and overall happiness and contentment. These may be complex and demanding to think about, but there is a real value to taking the time to set your personal priorities. For example, if someone offers you an opportunity that goes against your values, it helps to know what those values are so that you can say no immediately and understand why.

    Conflict Analysis

    Do some of your plans directly conflict with others? For example, will the kind of career you dream of meet your financial goals? Take the time to look at all the pieces of your personal plan and make sure they’re well integrated and complement each other. If not, make adjustments.

    I know this is a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the long run. Study after study has shown that people who write down their goals are much more likely to meet them. And here’s the best part of this effort: when people (such as parents or grandparents) say, “I just don’t know where you’re headed,” you can show them.

    Adam Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Matthew. Adam is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.

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    9 Responses to What’s Your Life Plan?

    1. Gabe Johansson August 20, 2012 at 4:15 am #

      The times where I have created the most success are times when I surrounded myself with like-minded people. Having that support is very important and also believing in yourself.

      Also, developing positive habits and a schedule really help. Of course, planning things out and accomplishing them consistently will help develop those habits!

      Thanks for the great post!
      -Gabe Johansson

    2. JoAnna Coulter August 20, 2012 at 10:19 am #

      Great read for those willing or with a desire to step outside their box, and comfort zone. change is good!! Thanks Adam for sharing. God is always right on time…just when you feel like you’ve been bumping into glass windows your entire life…Bam he’s always there to pick up the pieces and give us the courage, vision, and strength to take those pieces build a Mosaic Masterpiece!

    3. Bird Window Collision August 21, 2012 at 11:40 am #

      Interesting article. I agree that relationships should dictate your other plans like career and place of residence. Career and Money can be merged into one in my opinion. Thanks for sharing

    4. polapainz August 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Nice article

      career,family,relationship,money=Human

    5. Chris August 27, 2012 at 7:15 am #

      What an awesome post! I can’t agree with that top quote more. It’s always best to have a goal in mind and ways to reach it.

    6. The Training Registry August 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      Great post! Very inspiring!

    7. Joyce Gioia September 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      Unfortunately, Jim Rohn passed away in 2009. . . a great loss to many. Thanks for helping to keep his memory alive!

    8. polap September 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

      GREAT ARTICLE!!

    9. DAVID September 28, 2012 at 3:22 am #

      A good read.

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