The Plan of not having a Plan
Not having a plan can be practical, although your left-brain might not believe it (in reference to an amazing book I’m reading right now from Daniel Pink called ‘A whole new mind’) I want to use a very practical, recent example I personally experienced. Two weeks ago, when I left Toronto for New York City, I had a plan. A pretty simple one:
I wanted to talk to everyone I knew here from the multiple trips I’ve made to NYC over the last few years;
Ask them if they wanted to look at my concept and if they had any ideas on how to improve it;
+ Ask them if they know people I should talk too who could be interested.
On top of all that, I’ve also been using the opportunity of physically being here in New York, to talk to people outside of my network and their connections; by hitting up: Architects, Urban Planners, Real-Estate professionals, Designers and ‘Makers’ through LinkedIn and in-person.
However, now that I decided to stay in New York City for a little longer, there is no plan anymore. Well, let me explain: I strongly believe in an analogy someone named Gary Vaynerchuk uses quite often and it goes like this:
Basically only spend your time thinking about one of two things.
Clouds: Work on your vision. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? What does that look like? Why do you want that? Etc.
Dirt: Work hard on your day-to-day. Focus on the projects at hand, respond to those emails fast, help your friends. Do whatever you can and try to do it better tomorrow.
Anything in between is impossible to predict. Call it ‘the how’. It’s impossible to know or see all the steps necessary to go from where you are today, to where you want to be eventually. You just have to trust things will line up and start to make sense in the future; believe that everything that happens has a reason and trust that will eventually add-up to your big goals and aspirations.
That’s literally all you can do…
“If you worry about the how, you’ll never get started.”
About Louis De Keyser
Louis is a 20 year old, in the process of moving from Belgium to his dream city, New York. He was the founder and CEO of Tiny House Belgium, a Tiny House Design and Construction company that focused on promoting the idea of 'smaller living' and 'living life without a mortgage'. He sold his business in January 2017 to pursue his dream of moving to North-America. Right now, Louis lives in Toronto Canada.