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The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
– Ben Stein
I wish I could read the quote with Ben Stein’s voice. He is so funny; the dry, deadpan humor that Ben Stein uses for his character is hilarious.
Funny as he may be, the message of his quote is not. The fact is, if you don’t know where you want to go, how to you know when you get there. When you go on a drive across the country, do you just get on a highway and go? Not likely. First you have to have a destination. You have to know where you want to go.
Of course, you could be like Pascqual Perez back in the 1982 in Atlanta. Perez was a pitcher from the Dominican Republic playing for the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta has an interstate highway that circles the city. On August 19th 1982, Perez got on I-285 to drive to the game that day. He circled the city 3 Times trying to locate Atlanta – Fulton County Stadium. He ran out of gas on the way and ended up 10 minutes late for the game in which he was starting.
Perez knew where he wanted to go that day, but he didn’t define his path, how to get there. He just got on the road and drove. . . for 3 hours – 3 times around the city. That ended up being his legacy. He was always remembered as Perimeter Perez.
Don’t circle your goal because you don’t know what you want or how to get there.
Go Out Today, Define your What. What do you want to achieve.
Then define your How. How am I going to get there.
Don’t drive around in circles.
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