Plan B-resized-600

At this very moment I have about $5000 in the bank, $63,000 in student loan debt, a car note, a couple of thousand dollars in unpaid invoices, some running room on my credit cards, an always-hungry 7-year-old, and I just dropped two grand on biz classes to help me kick things up to the next level.

If I can continue running headlong toward my dreams, without even thinking about what I will do if this whole thing doesn’t work out, you can too.

Because here’s the truth of the matter:

When it comes to your goals, having a backup plan means you’re going to fail.

Or as Will Smith once said, “Your Plan B interferes with Plan A” {click to tweet this out}

Think about it.

If you were dating someone you really cared about and could see yourself with for the long haul, how would you feel if you found out they had a backup boo (or worse, YOU were the backup boo) just in case things didn’t work out?

Would you think they were being responsible? Would you commend them for being sensible? Or would you want to karate chop them to the throat for even thinking you were only good enough to be an option? (*cue Drake*)

If you believe you’re better than being someone’s backup plan, don’t you think you’re better than cheating yourself out of possibly reaching your goals?

I mean I get it. We’ve been conditioned to be prudent. We’ve been told that we need to have our lives neatly mapped out complete with contingency plans in case things don’t go how we hoped.

It’s why theater majors are business minors. It’s why people go back to school when the economy tanks. And it’s why writers become English teachers even though they don’t want to be anywhere near a classroom (wait…that was me).

When it comes to realizing your dreams, there’s no country for people who have backup plans.


If you want to know what separates the successful people from those who are constantly dreaming about making it but never do, it’s their mindset. Period.

Successful folks have a relentless drive to achieve their goals, no matter what may come their way or who may think they are living in a dreamland.

It is irresponsible? Perhaps.

Irrational? Most times.

Crazy? Pretty much.

But does it work? Ask Bill Gates.

In the book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill studied some of the world’s most successful men from Henry Ford to Andrew Carnegie and found that each of them had one thing in common—their ability to be fully committed to their dreams.

As a matter of fact, in order to be successful, Hill advises you “burn all the bridges” behind you.

He explains:

“Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success.”

Or in other words, pare down all of your options, all of your plans, all of your energy into one thing: getting what you want.

After all, there is no Plan B for life. We’re here for however long we’re blessed with then we die.

No contingency, no in case sh-t happens plan for avoiding death, no do overs.

This is all we got.

So instead of wasting these precious years wishing you could realize your dreams, plan on getting them done. Burn every other sensible plan, fully commit to meeting your goals, and get ready to live an awesome life.


Do you have a plan? Are you fully committed to seeing it through? Drop me a note and let me know how things are working for you.

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