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You Only Live Once by Jason Vitug

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Part III Creating a Plan

I want you to go back and imagine your road trip of life. You know exactly where you’re starting from, and you’ve increased your knowledge of what lies ahead. You’ve packed your car with all the necessary tools you’ll need to get to your destination. Your compass is pointing west, and that’s where you want to be. Sure, you can set off on this road trip using only your knowledge of the routes involved and relying on your compass to guide you. You know you’ll get there, but you’re not exactly sure when you’ll arrive. You know there are some places along the way you want to see, but you’re unsure if they’ll be on the route you’re taking. You’ll take the chance and figure it out along the way.

What if there was a better way to go on your road trip? What if you had an actual roadmap? You can argue that a smartphone GPS will do just fine. It may even provide you with points of interest along the way. However, a GPS would only get you from start to finish, and the points of interest it gives you would be based on what other people believe is interesting. This approach doesn’t require much effort. Once you’ve entered your starting point and destination address, you can sit back and listen to the GPS voice guiding you to your destination without any consideration of what actually may be of importance or interest to you along the way.

If this is the only road trip you’ll go on in your lifetime, why not make sure you figure out what stops you want to make? Why ...

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