FAIL TO PLAN AND YOU PLAN TO FAIL: WHY YOU NEED DIRECTION FOR YOUR LIFE

 

Man Wearing Black and White Stripe Shirt Looking at White Printer Papers on the Wall

“Having a projected path.”


goals oriented

In an effort to build a sustainable career, once must plan their lives out. Does that mean your future will pan out this way, no. But the planning process will keep you on track to achieving your goals. My goals are broad because I am a storyteller. I tell a story through my writing, photography, and creative concepts. So for me, planning is very important. And if I don’t plan it is very easy to find myself in a rut. I know this because I have done things without the proper planning and it has made me feel as if I was going nowhere fast.

childish adult concepts

If you ask an adult what they truly want in this world, a lot of people cannot answer this question. They will give you broad terminology that isn’t quite direct. It’s like asking someone what they want in a relationship and they tell you, someone kind, nurturing; someone who will tend to my needs. Sounds cute when you are a teenager, but not when you are a 35 or 40 year old adult. You need a direct reason for why you are doing something or want something. You want a relationship: have an age range, ethnicity preference, religion, income status, education status, physical attraction, emotional stability. This is what matters in a relationship, so you have to know this, which is also the plans for a career. Income status, city where you want to live, how long do you plan no being a certain employment position. These are more geared questions in your life.

dreams are not goals 

There is nothing wrong with having dreams in life. But your dreams have to be realistic in scope. You can dream of being an astronaut, but thinking you’re going to just go into space at the age of 25 – 30 years old is a stretch. You have to be willing to dedicate a great deal of your life to science before you step on a ship into space. So know what it takes to get to a certain point in life. Don’t look at the chosen few that made it by this weird stroke of luck. That is far from the reality of how you become a professional in your career field.


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CAREER: INTO THE FUTURE

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“Where do you see yourself?”


times to come

Ever since we were young children, we all had these ideas of where we would see ourselves in the years to come. In elementary school we have one idea, then high school another. But as we enter life the views change into something else. And for me, I wanted to be an attorney in elementary, a business executive after that, and now that I am an adult I found my calling in the arts. We go through these different changes in life because you have no clue who you are or what you want as a child. You have these visions because you don’t have a firm grasp on the world. Your strengths and weaknesses have not been put to the test yet. So it’s easy to say what you want until you are challenged.

what’s your plan

How can you see yourself anywhere in life without a plan to go along with what it is you are hoping to accomplish? Just saying I want to do something is not good enough. You must have something laid out and follow the plan all the way through. Because even with just a plan, you have to execute. And these are the steps that make it hard for people to sit down and focus in life. So many people don’t have a plan and never fully execute. Now, for those that do, they are one step closer to being where they want to be.

nurture your talent

I know I want to be a writer, filmmaker, and photographer, so I am constantly working on my craft. If I am not writing my screenplays or book ideas, it’s my blog, or when I am not writing it’s me out into the city taking photos. But outside the two, it’s my filmmaking. And that is what you must do, it has to be a daily thing you do. Once you start to get into that routine feeling change something. I recently just cut down the number of topics for my blog and changed to website appearance. It gives it a new look to the consistent writing everyday. Otherwise you will start to get that mundane feeling an get sick of it.

perspective

What are you good at? What can you handle? Do you have the sticktoitiveness to keep going? The idea of being somewhere in life feels so much better than actually pushing to be there in life. Because the vision is exciting, but the climb is not fun at all. You might hear people say they are in love with the process, but truth be told, who truly loves the process. Wouldn’t we love to have the idea and there it is on paper. Doesn’t work like that, so you have to put in the time to get where you want to be. And also have the rational mindset to know what you can do and your willingness to get there, as well as being practical about the time-frame to get there.


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CAREER CHOICES: WHAT SHOULD I PURSUE AS A CAREER

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“Where to turn?”


so many choices

After college there is down moment when you realize that you don’t know what you want to pursue in life. And that’s when reality sets in entering life. You have student loans, health care, dental, rent, utilities, food, and transportation cost. Unless, you decide to move back in with your parents. Which is a decision that so many young people just do not want to do. You lived on your own for four years, now you’re back in mom and dad’s house. And anxiety sets in because you just knew coming from school you were getting six figures on some job. You apply for work, yet it’s all minimum wage and low pay entry positions. Well, guess what, welcome to life.

weighing options

When you don’t know what you want to do in life, fine. A lot of people spend years trying to find their thing. So as I have said in prior posts, test a lot of things to see what you’re good at. Then narrow it down to a few options. Find what you love and what you’re good at as well. Why is it to love what you do? Because the time it takes to make big bucks or money at all will be long. So you have to like doing what you’re doing. Otherwise you’re going to give up fast. Like me for example, I am pursuing a screenwriting, author, and photography career. If you’re only chasing money, you will be miserable. Has to be more than that; you have to fall in love with it.

finding your thing

You’ll know when your thing is there inside of you. Because it will be undeniable to the point that you’ll do seamlessly without even trying. You want to design and build apps, you’ll do so with ease. But coding is going to take you a lot of time to learn the repetition. Oh, you want to be a leading surgeon, fine, go through your Master’s program, then on to med school. Get yourself a residency, and work for the next 15 – 20 yrs. Yes, that’s right, that many years, which is why it’s great to start as young as possible. Only problem is that most don’t find their thing they’re good at until later.

advice

When receiving advice from others, make sure you’re taking in the appropriate advice. Because you want to adhere to the stuff that could aid you. But not everything people tell you will work. So use your better judgement in delegating what’s important and not. People will assume they know your strengths and weaknesses. But they are only telling you how they see you. Pay heed to the people talking, they may not only know you, but not want you to truly persevere.


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FOOT RACE: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THOSE CLOSE TO YOU ARE LEFT BEHIND IN YOUR PURSUITS

Athletes Running on Track and Field Oval in Grayscale Photography

“Run your race.”


running toward first

In the course of trying to climb toward the success you want in your career, you are going to run into a problem. And I am not just talking about a problem in your career pursuits, but one more personal. As you climb you will notice there may be people who are not moving in the same direction as you are in life. So what do you do when those around you, close to you, are not making those same strides. You might have to make a choice to either encourage them to be better or leave them behind. Now, as I say this , I don’t mean you must leave people behind because you’re more successful. I am talking about the gap that will widen in respects to some people around you.

the gap

In the previous post I spoke about the gap widening. And that gap means you and your friends entering life at the same time. And some of you might climb quicker than others. Where you might find yourself having to leave friends behind means the slowing down to let others play catch up. That level of compromise is not something I would advise you to do. You never compromise your success because others might feel some sort of way. For example, you’re about the start a race with everyone at the start line. In the course of the race, you find yourself in 4th place, but you have friends in 5th and 6th. Never slow up to let them catch up. Because 7th and 8th are near and once they pass all three of you are in the back. They’re happy because you’re together, but you could have won. So what’s more important 1st place with few people around or last with your closest friends.

leaving those behind

It’s easy to say, just leave people behind, but it’s much more difficult than that. Especially if the people you plan on leaving behind are friends and family. How do you know if someone is just not where you’re at versus being a ball and chain? Certain indications will let you know when they are a hindrance to your progress. When you’re progressing and they throw out hints about rarely seeing you. They should know that you are trying to build a life for yourself. Or when they take little jabs at the vacations you take or items you purchase. You are not picking up on it because of the sarcasm. But you never want someone to see your success as their failure. Otherwise you will have to remove yourself from the social circle.


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FAILURE IN PURSUIT FOR SUCCESS: HOW TO MAINTAIN WHEN FACING FAILURE IN LIFE

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“Keep forging ahead.”


living in the paradigm

While in our pursuit for success, we often find ourselves wallowing in our own self pity. Why, well because in the paradigm of trying to succeed, we are not able to see success as much we are able to see the failure right in front of us. We don’t see the small successes and gains along the pathway because we’re stuck in our hurt. We also don’t see the gains because we are constantly chasing the bigger picture. So you don’t see the small gains when you’re focused on the greater things you seek to achieve.

be easy

Try not to get too caught up in the fact that you are not making the gains you want just yet. Those internal feeling can manifest themselves outwardly. And from here on out, you will experience yourself moving further away from your point in life. So instead of focusing on the fact you are 10 steps ahead, you inadvertently pushed yourself 12 steps back. So it’s ok to be a critic of yourself. But don’t push it too far because you will become your biggest enemy in the process.

more success equals more work

People seem to think that once they arrive where they want to be that the work is complete. They have not made it, they have simply arrived at a certain point. So now, there is constant work just to maintain that point in your life. And here is and even bigger true testament to your standing power. Because a lot of people fall from grace because they cannot maintain their position. They can not keep up with the constant for more and more. So you have to work for years just to make yourself strong enough to deal with the wave ahead.


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END OF YEAR REFLECTION: WHERE ARE YOU AND WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE

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“What will come of the future?”


There are 13 days left until the beginning of the new year. And with all that has taken place this year, as always, we must take time to reflect on where we are in our lives. The end of of the year makes you look overall at what you may have accomplished, and if everything is all right in the world, then the year was a success. But what happens if the year wasn’t as eventful as you would have liked it to be? That would mean you must make the appropriate adjustments so that the following year is more than the previous. One of the things I have decided to do concerning my writing is to create better content that I put into the world to build my platform. I am also trying to work to be more self employed, as well as stepping up my writing ability so I can prepare for my next novel and book of short stories books to be released hopefully by the beginning of the year 2019.

See, I have a goal that I have been pursuing year after year. Now what shall one do when there is nothing that the person is feeling their time with to progress forward. What will happen is that you will find yourself stuck in a rut without a plan, and then depression sets in. Then you will become unhappy because the world is moving around, while you sit aside watching everyone else live their lives. And the last thing you want is to find yourself not being able to progess forward. Now if you are moving forward, sometimes you may feel like you’re not making progress because in the paradigm of life, everything is kind of slow. You only are seeing small minor spikes of success that lead to something bigger later on. If you’re not careful this can also make people get down on themselves when trying to persevere. Because we live in such an instant society, you can feel discouraged when life is not moving fast enough.

Yet, if you are reflecting on the time and energy you put into something and you’re making the appropriate strides to be where you’re trying to be in life, then it’s worth the wait. My main goal in life is a career as a photographer, filmmaker, and writer (author, screenwriting, playwright). These are very long arduous paths that requires a lot of skill and patience to succeed. Because in the end, you must be willing to suffer to get to where you want to be in life. The path of success and the reflection on everything you have accomplished and hopefully will accomplish comes with due diligence. Nothing is overnight, and with each passing year, if every reflection is a look over time and you’re happy, then you’ve done your job.


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MARKETING ME: PUTTING YOURSELF INTO POSITION TO SUCCEED

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“Knowing yourself will go a long way.”


The year 2018 will be a pretty productive year for me because I am changing up a lot of my work so that I can put myself in a better position to grow my platform. Those platforms are my WordPress blog, Instagram, my podcast show, screenplays, one year research on my documentary, and buzz around my novel and book of short stories which could potentially be done by the end of 2018, early 2019. It has taken me a while, but I am finally starting to get the hang of this digital marketing, and creating meaningful content. It’s why I have shifted from just posting photos on Instagram to including hashtags. I used to just free write anything, to next year, I want to incorporate more video content to my blogs. The podcast I want to do two nights a week, I already have pre-planned the episodes. It will be a podcast about motivating and inspiring people in life. So, as the year wraps, everyone is busy buying Christmas presents, while I am getting pumped for 2018.

Now, in regards to marketing myself, there are very few things I remember from graduate school, but the four P’s are one of them in particular. The four P’s that make up the marketing mix: product, placement, price, and promotion. Another aspect of my MBA studies I remember are certain aspects of the Integrated Marketing Communication and how that can grow a business. Now, when I first started writing, I never thought about it as a business. Yet the more I began to see myself going into the direction of a writing career, that’s when it dawned on me. That there are so many writers out here, that if I want to be noticed, I’m going to have to reach back into my marketing experience. I’m so focused on the craft of being a great writer, that I almost forgot how hard it is to get noticed. There are 250,000 scripts written for films, thousands of podcast shows, 25,000 photographers just here in New York City, and don’t bring up authors writing books.

Now there is one thing that I have over the majority of them: marketing. And the marketing piece is something that has taken me time to figure out. Don’t get me wrong I still need work, and I am not some marketing genius, but what I have learned so far I can harness to grow my platforms. You might ask, “I thought you came to New York for filmmaking and writing?” And I did, I have been working on the craft for quite a while now. Yet the craft only constitutes for a small percentage of the bigger picture. As a matter of fact, the craft is only 10%, the other 90% is the business. The problem is, is that most writers are not marketers, most filmmakers are not marketers, and most photographers are not marketers. You have to put yourself into position to win and a lot can’t work the system. I started at age 25/26 years of age on this journey, and I am now understanding how to kind of work this machine.

Another helpful note is to build a team. But I can’t assemble a team of people because I need to be a me first and get my stuff in order. Because in order to have a team you have to add your formidable contribution to the team. In my role, I want to be a team leader, so I need to understand how each piece moves before engaging a team. This way, when it’s time to move, I can move. In the end, this process has already taken me about six years, and I can feel that progress. I have put myself on a ten year window to break into my career. So to everyone else, ten years is a long time, but now it’s time for me to make even better moves than before.


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