Plan For Ten Years But Make An Impact Any Time

I looked at the quote “A ten year commitment is required, if you want to make an impact” and immediately thought, that’s bullshit. Building an engaged audience and you don’t need anywhere near 10 years to make an impact.

I went off on a rant in my head trying to decide if I was going to transcribe it to the screen here.

Like really, who would consider starting anything if they were looking at a ten year window before they made any impact. What a totally assinine concept I whined.

Then the penny dropped (a nickle in Canada)

If I was going to start a project, to build a business or a community, I need to be able to look forward ten years to see myself still engaged in the project. If I can’t see myself doing this ten years from now, I need to rethink what I am planning on doing.

What value is there in making an impact, providing a service people want and then disappearing? If you’re going to get bored with what you’re doing then you’re not going to make an impact. You would be authentic enough to carry forward.

You might end up only building the project for five years and then selling it to someone else to carry it on. If you can’t see the project lasting ten years are you selling something viable?

I am at a point in my life that I could be looking at short term time frames for projects. Five years seems better than ten years to make an impact. It’s quicker, but would it be as much of an impact as what I could do in ten years?

What impact do I actually want to see?

For me, I could end up making an impact tomorrow depending on what I’ve been writing. I write from my interests but I do with the hope that I can on occasion touch my reader with my words. That my reader can find resonance in what I share. That would be an individual impact.

If I want to be more lasting, there needs to be a body of work a range of perspectives and thoughts shared.

When you’re building a business, you want to do it on solid footing and a foundation to be built on. So, you maybe don’t have to take ten years to make an impact with what you’re doing but build like you do and make the foundation strong.

Shadowspub is a writer from Ontario, Canada. She writes on a variety of subjects as she pursues her passion for learning. She also writes on other platforms and enjoys creating books you use like journals, notebooks, coloring books etc.

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Interesting to see this... as I recall, it used to be said that it takes about five years to achieve "expert status" in something you take on... but I did the 10-year time frame, as well.

I wish the cryptosphere would learn a little more long-term thinking and long-term planning; too much emphasis on what I think of as "the lottery approach" in hopes of scoring a Lambo by next week.

As an aside, this account started in March 2018 and we actually do have goals lined out through 2026... so maybe we're on the right track!

=^..^=

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I'd say you are definitely on the right track.

I think the developers think long term with their planning but a lot of others are impatient. They forget we are early adopters and not everyone is interested in jumping in at this stage. Then they get impatient because we're not flooded with new members, we're not really ready for them. We're moving at a good pace.

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We don't need to make any plan if we want to lead a normal life but if we want to do something bigger or different we need to set up some plans. It would be like what you are saying about the business. To be successful in business we need to come up with a proper plan and it will take several years. It all about my opinion.🙂.

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Depends what you call a normal life. Most people have plans and dreams of where they want to take their life. Without plans of some sort, we're just drifting through life. Some people like that, others feel disconnected if they are adrift.

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You write with so much calm. (Or am I the one that read it that way?)
I can feel peace in the writing. I sense how you carefully thought out this piece.

This is a really helpful post for me personally as I have been having a hard time setting goals.

This post just taught me that you can spread your goal across a longer time frame if that will help you achieve it. And it is okay.

We are not all the same. Oftentimes we make the mistake of perceiving our lives relative to others. But we’re all made differently.
We all move at different paces.

I will definitely take this advice and start looking at things from the perspective of their long term impact.

This was really helpful.
Thank you.

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thank you for your kind words

You're right, to often we measure our progress, even our worth, against the path others have taken. We need to choose our own path and pace in order to be ourselves and not try to be someone else.

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