Career Plan B

When I was in my early 20s, my girlfriend at the time asked me: “what’s your Plan B?”

What’s my Plan B?

The question didn’t even make sense to me.

I asked for clarification. She wanted to know what I was planning on doing if I couldn’t make “a living” in the entertainment industry.

Her asking this question was jarring. To this day, I remember everything about that moment — the pattern of the couch I sat on, the color of the walls, everything. That moment changed my life. It was the first time someone actually said to me, out loud, that pursuing my passions may not work out.

To me? Plan B is the plan you use to get back to Plan A.

Now, Plan A may change. You may realize it wasn’t what you wanted in the first place. In that case, you create Plan A.1 or A.2 or even A.122. But as far as I’m concerned, no matter what version of it you’re on, you should only be working towards Plan A.

When “Plan B” stops being a temporary stop and turns into the final destination, then it just becomes a nice name for giving up. It’s too tough to pursue your dreams, so you settle. I refuse to accept that, and you should too. Instead of planning what to do if you fail, plan what you’ll do to make sure you succeed.

Hey, if pursuing your dreams was easy, everyone would be doing it. And yes, I know I’m being idealistic, creating a utopian world in which everyone gets a chance to pursue their passions. But if we are emerging thought-leaders, hungry to leave more behind at the end of the day, we cannot fear idealism. We must run towards it, because if it starts with us, others will follow.

As you journey towards your biggest dreams, things won’t go perfectly.

You will undoubtedly take several wrong turns.

You may even change the destination all together.

But whatever you choose to do, whatever path you take, make sure you are painfully aware when you are living Plan B. Plan B is not the goal. It’s meant as a temporary safety net, something below you while you walk the high wire. If you fall, the net can save you– but still, there is only one goal, and that is to get back up on that high wire as fast as possible.

So, I ask you now, which Plan are you on right now?

Plan A?

Plan B?

Plan X?

Whatever plan you’re on right now, surround yourself with people who will encourage you to get off the net and work your ass off towards Plan A.

Fulfillment is your birthright.

Any plan that denies you that fulfillment is the wrong one.

Supporting The Legacy of You: Plan A,
Michael Ian

 

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