Prepare to fail and fail well
There’s no such thing as the finished article.
Much of our waking days are spent planning. Planning what to eat, what to drink, what to wear, what to say, where to go on holiday, what to spend, what to save… It’s relentless. Before you know it days turn to months and months to years.
Planning is intent and intent is great. Without it, we’d all be living in caves ripping meat off bones with our teeth. Intent breeds change and change is progress. However, by definition, intent isn’t absolute and therefore fallible. Like us, we’re not the finished article and never will be.
Combine this with an infinite amount of variables such as subjectivity, understanding, technology, expectation, reason etc. and it’s an incomprehensible melting pot of weirdness.
We plan because we want to save time and money. We plan because we want efficiency and the best possible result. But, the biggest reason why we plan is that we don’t want to fail.
“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.”
The sad truth is that we spend so much time trying to avoid failure we’re blind to its advances and, ultimately, its impending advantages. Don’t take this as a green light to plan for failure but a change of attitude towards its inevitability. Accept failure is going to happen, open your eyes and be prepared for its arrival.
Who wants to be the finished article anyway?