Chapter 8

Handling the Surprises and Curves

Okay. Where are we now? Your three-perspective plan is beginning to emerge. Your intentions are more focused and you can clearly see the importance of paying attention, being adaptable, and having a plan that is built in segments from fairly concrete in the immediate future to a set of intentions and ideas extending out toward the further time horizon.

SURPRISES AND CURVES HAPPEN

I am suggesting that only a minority of us end up with surprises that demand a whole new plan from scratch because so much Continuous and Discontinuous Change has happened that the cleanest and surest way through is to start over. I am also suggesting, however, that very, very few of us will craft a plan at age 50 or later ...

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