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You've given me a good opportunity to get this off my chest.
In the last decade, and even further back, I've watched a certain phenomenon repeated over and over.
I teach a WHITE BOARD use, and it is really great for short term projects.
For example, putting a biz specific manual together, like the Headlight Cleaning Manual.
And I've seen MANY people over the years actually create HOTSHEETS, and add some reports, and even develop kits.
BUT, what is missing is, these short term projects don't fit into a larger WHITE BOARD of a person's life.
Working with Entrepreneurial type projects where the focus is on making money, it seems to lapse into a short time period...what I mean, some guys have projects they did 5 or 6 years ago, and those are now up on the shelf.
They didn't incorporate them into a larger goal, a greater perspective and maybe, they didn't want to. Short term served the purpose.
Let me take Chatteling. I just recently got email from a guy who did pretty well in a very specific niche, a hobby niche, and made some decent money...into the thousands of dollars.
So, now he wants the advanced higher dollar amounts, and the question I asked, how is his network of BUYERS doing? Doesn't have one of course.
Which is fine, buying and selling wasn't to be his career, he dabbled and made some money, which is great.
But it is my opinion, that money-making activities should be a part of, folded into, purposeful as a part of your overall life.
Which brings me to my point (finally??!) which is
LONG range planning, let's say, THREE years down the road.
Less than a college sentence (some kids think they are being punished)...
So, it is pretty easy to create a product in 30 days, or lay the foundation of a business in 90 days and not unusual to be profitable from the get go on many products...but where does this fit into your life 3 years down the road?
Can you all remember 3 years ago, 2009? Obama was the President, we had major recession, banks and Wall St. getting infrastructure support while our bridges were falling apart.
NOT hard to do is it. Yet, how many are looking 3 years down the road and building products, services and living in the moment with an eye on their future? I'd say not many.
I love WHITE BOARDS, they are great for tracking progress, but, just keep in mind, there is the bigger White Board in the Sky...that is tracking your life as it keeps on rolling along.
It is pretty easy and simple to make money with any of 1001 ways...a little bit more concentration and goal setting to turn your project into a sustaining business.
Maybe you don't want a sustaining biz...that's OK, cause there is always chattel out there looking for a new owner.
Gordon Jay Alexander
PS. Having spent the last 4 years in and out of hospitals and getting slapped in the face by health issues, I know and understand that sometimes, Stuff Happens. Which is why having a goal in the short run can get interfered with, but, it is all part of life...up til your dead.
LIFE? Got Some?