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Here's my take on 5-year plans... I used to create 5-year plans for my organization as director of e-commerce in retail many years ago. Anything can happen in five years. People leave. New employee roll in. New initiatives are created. Hell, the people who asked for the 5-year plan may move on to other positions at other companies half way through.
So when I created these 5-year plans, I'd only stayed true to the first two years ahead and winged the following years. Hey, life happens and things change, and instead of failing at a unyielding plan you tuck and roll and change your mind. One of my favorite movie quotes of all time comes from the protagonist in Dreams for an Insomniac. "I never give up. I either get what I want or I change my mind first."
So, instead of a 5-year plan, I'd like to state that my overall goal in 5 years is to have 3 more novels published (that are in the works), produce one more children's book, and be part of a poetry compilation with two poets I really enjoy. And, there is no plan other than to write, write, write.
Outside of writing, another major goal of mine in the next 5 years is to run a marathon. I am aiming for a half marathon this year and to train more in soccer coaching. Also, my daughter is 15 and my son is turning 10 this years, so for the next 5 years I want to play (soccer, basketball, softball) with my kids while they still want me to, and while I still can. I know this will all end eventually, so I am milking it up as much as possible.
Anyone else hate 5-year plans? Anyone trying to run a marathon? What are some movie/book quotes that have inspired you to continue writing?
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