Business and Life Planning or Trusting The Process?

This image was created by Ben Jewison, a work experience student from Scarborough Sixth Form College

This image was created by Ben Jewison, a work experience student from Scarborough Sixth Form College

Only going off topic for one week but I was keen to share this with you…

It was during my time as a Business undergraduate that I started to hear quotes about planning. YOU MUST plan your goals, plan when you’re going to make your first million, plan the time you’ll own multiple businesses, plan when you’ll get that first sports car.  Write it on your mirror so you’ll see it every morning.

We’ve all heard it, some of us have even taught it: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  All the best entrepreneurs know exactly what they want to achieve and go after it in hot pursuit.  It’s the only way to succeed.

But, is it really?

All of the above has always left me cold.  None of it sounded either entrepreneurial, inspirational, realistic nor right for me.  It just never rang true.

I wondered, where’s the flexibility in that? Where’s the learning? Where the responsiveness to the ever changing tide of life (and technology, for that matter)?  Somehow it sounds to me more like a recipe for hurtling towards a mid-life crisis.

I spent a little time thinking that maybe I *should* have goals, you know, the kind of goals that others have.  For me, making a million pounds was never going to be at the top of my list.  That would hardly have led me into teaching now, would it?  Took me a while to work out that the only goals worth pursuing in life are the ones that matter to you and you alone.  Square peg, round hole and all that.

I look back and think how right I was to NOT follow a path that didn’t ring true.

Recently I found a quote that did float my boat (hallelujah!) and I hope that some of you will enjoy it too, whatever the career path(s) you’ve chosen.  Perhaps it fits well with those who run small businesses or who work in technology fields.  It’s pretty long, so I won’t be tweeting it.  Here it is…

“Believe that things will work out, follow your intuition and curiosity.  Trust your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path.  You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.  The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.  Don’t settle.  As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.  Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.”

It’s like breathing a sigh of relief.  Someone who gets it, put in a way that sounds inspirational: those words make sense and feel right.

So I guess it was even more inspiring to find that the author of the quote was…  Steve Jobs.

I find it hugely entertaining and inspirational that even as CEO of Apple, he possessed that wonderful notion of ‘just trusting that the dots will connect in the future’.

Turns out it wasn’t all about plan plan plan and more about trust, allow, love.

I will leave that with you.