Failing to plan is planning to fail

posted Jul 2, 2019, 8:41 PM by David Alan Binder

Failing to plan is planning to fail

Benjamin Franklin is credited with an admonitory aphorism. Here are three versions using “plan” and “prepare”:

·       Failing to plan is planning to fail.

·       The person, who fails to plan, plans to fail.

·       By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.


Doing nothing has its own consequences.


Rush (in their lyrics for their song Freewill):

“If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice”


We make these simple choices every day.

I’ll exercise twice as hard tomorrow.  This is the procrastination version.

“Procrastination is the largest nation in the world.”  [Paraphrased Monet Diamonte quote by David Alan Binder]

Or, “I’ll do it someday, one day or another day.”

Pick your poison.

We all need to become motivational speakers in our head for ourselves.


Advocate for yourself by doing.

What actions are you taking?

By any or all of your actions, you are determining exactly who you are.


So, your actions are you, and vice versa. You are your actions.


A Think Piece by David Alan Binder