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Life Will Not Go According to Plan If You Have No Plan

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”—Lily Tomlin

There’s a dry cleaners about ten minutes from where I live, and they have a marquee out in front. But instead of displaying something like, “Tuesday’s Special—Shirts Laundered & Ironed—99¢ ea.,” they display words of wisdom. It was always interesting to drive by and read the platitude-of-the-week. Then one day, a few years ago, I was driving by, and the marquee read, Life will not go according to plan if you have no plan. To me, this wasn’t the usual fortune cookie type of advice; it really struck a chord. Oh, I had been to seminars and read books that touted the importance of setting ...

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