An acquaintance of mine whom I’ve known for over 10 years and I have two very different ways of looking at the world.
We may speak the same language but that’s where the similarities end.
The biggest difference I see between the two of us is that I’m a planner and he’s a doer.
For him, it’s all go, go, go and he’ll figure things out as he goes.
I prefer to sit down and think.
In life, you need both parts. Time to think, and time to act.
But acting too soon can be costly, while merely thinking won’t get you anywhere.
I’ve found that the more time spent on planning actually saves you time later on.
If you decided to build a house the first thing you would need is a blueprint, and the more detailed the better.
Once you have the blueprint you’ll know just what material you’ll need, how much you’ll need to spend on it and what areas to pay particular attention to.
It may seem like you’re spending time sitting around doing nothing but you’re actually doing the most difficult part of the job – using your brain.
Today in the first world nations of the world 70% of the work done is actually knowledge work (ie. consulting) and 30% is physical.
We have learned how to use our minds to be more effective and outsourced the labor part.
The doing is easy once you have the plan in place.
Henry Ford once said, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
And I’ve found that it’s very true.
Don’t let the doers of life convince you to get started before you’re ready.
Take your time and set things up so that you can avoid as many pitfalls as possible.
And sometimes through planning you’ll find out things aren’t worth starting to begin with.
Planners and doers have trouble seeing eye to eye but in the end it’s the combination of them both that helps make an idea a reality.