Why A Mediocre Plan B Is Better Than A Polished Plan A

We humans love planning, thinking ahead about how to deal with life and organizing our everyday schedule according to a routine. We like things to turn out as expected, and boy do we hate surprises and unexpected events. I mean during high school we all had plans, or to be precise, a plan A. We wanted to be astronauts, entrepreneurs, others eyed congress and few dreamt of becoming presidents. As we moved ahead to college, our Plan A  slightly changed: now we wanted to find a job that would fit the education we had been pursuing, preferably a job that pays well and doesn’t expect us to go out of our way. Truth of the story is, once you graduate you realize that your planning wasn’t as viable as you thought it to be.

See, Plan As are just good to make you feel comfortable, giving you the false impression that you are all set. The truth is, they never turn out to be useful, and the most likely plan you’ll end up following is a couple of letters down the alphabet. There are two types of people in this world, those with only one plan, and those with many. Those with a one primary plan are the ones who end up stuck in life, not knowing what to do with their days, getting depressed because there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel and those who ultimately end up seeing a shrink every Tuesday afternoon. Having a Plan A only means that you don’t know jack about life and how things work on this lovely planet. Nothing is for granted, nothing is for sure, it’s all about adapting to new circumstances and finding a way of moving forward. Those with Plan Bs, Cs and Ds are the modern day predators at the top of the food chain. They are the millionaires and billionaires, the successful athletes and the celebrities you see on the big screen.

Whatever your plan A is, always assume it will never work. Never put all your eggs in the same basket. It’s all about risk diversification, if one plan doesn’t work, you have 99 other options.

You love theater and want to work as an actor? Make sure you have other qualifications and ventures under the belt, and be prepared to work in those business fields should the need arise. You are an engineer and can’t live without being in a lab or a facility fixing things? Well, shit happens and you may need to cope with a position in investment banking. It’s all about getting ready for the possibility of not getting what you want, at least temporarily.

The way to see this is to think that you’re not unique, you’re not one of a kind. There are thousands of other people just like you, holding the same degree, having the same ambition, knowing the same people and fighting for the same position. And this is not only relevant for jobs. It’s the same for relationships, friendships, financing and professional endeavors of all sorts. Successful people are not stuck with one plan, they have a bunch of roads to follow and are always ready to switch lanes if things don’t work out.

Imagine what life would be like if you walked into McDonalds and all you could see on the menu was cheeseburgers? Now that would be catastrophic, unimaginable, right? Well, that’s exactly what you do to yourself when you only stick to a plan A. You would only be giving yourself the cheeseburger option, while your friend next door is having a blast ordering every meal on the menue.

Life is not as easy and predictable as we grow up to believe. We don’t always get what we want or what we deserve. That’s why there are people doing the 8-5 routine, hating their jobs and waiting for a promotion that comes only once every 5 years, adding a few bucks to their salary. Those people stuck with jobs they don’t like, working for bosses they hate just so that they can keep up with a life they’re unhappy about are people with Plan As only. Now think to yourself, do you want to be in that position? Exactly. The answer is obvious, but the way you think and the way you polish that plan A every morning doesn’t seem to show that you’re thinking correctly about this. Ditch your plan A and start drafting that list of Plan B, C, D until freaking Z so that you have 26 ways to make things right in life!

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