“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”
~Henry David Thoreau
In the final chapter of Napoleon Hill’s famed book, “Think And Grow Rich,” Hill lists 57 alibis for not succeeding. The list started with the following:
- IF I didn’t have a wife and family . . .
- IF I had enough “pull” . . .
- IF I had money . . .
- IF I had a good education . . .
- IF I could get a job . . .
- IF I had good health . . .
- IF I only had time . . .
- IF times were better . . .
- IF other people understood me . . .
- IF conditions around me were only different . . .
- IF I could live my life over again . . .
- IF I did not fear what “THEY” would say . . .
- IF I had been given a chance . . .
- IF I now had a chance . . .
- IF other people didn’t “have it in for me” . . .
- IF nothing happens to stop me . . .
- IF I were only younger . . .
- IF I could only do what I want . . .
- IF I had been born rich . . .
In my opinion, these “ifs” are unacceptable. If each of us are going to achieve our true potential as entrepreneurs, we need to remove these alibis. We need to envision success, and create business and action plans to achieve it. And we must not stop there. Because our original business and action plans may not succeed.
Rather, we need to keep assessing our progress and modifying our plans until we achieve success. And never ever, along the way, can we get caught up in alibis. Since these alibis will kill our positive energy. They will take us down the wrong paths. And they will prevent us from achieving our goals.
Do you have the right plan?
The right strategic plan for your business includes:
1) the best strategy to follow
2) a written roadmap so there’s no confusion as to what your team needs to accomplish and when
In no time, you’ll have a strong plan to follow so your company wins.
Why play the game of entrepreneurship if you’re not going to win?
Today’s Question: Borden is the name of a county in Texas. What is the name of its county seat?
Previous Question: With what story did the tiny German-Language newspaper “Philadelphische Staatshote” scoop the world?
Previous Answer: The adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
The Staatshote was the only Philadelphia newspaper published on Fridays–and July 5th fell on a Friday in 1776.
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