Daily Stoic Entry #154: Do I Have a Backup Plan for My Backup Plan?
June 3rd, 2022
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Like I said a few days ago, is that necessary? At what point do the backups of the backups stop? Then again, it’s more about being resilient in emergencies and staying flexible in opportunistic environments. I think for me it needs to come down to not being afraid to make a choice then going after it and knowing when you need to switch to your alternate plan. I wish I were more daring and flexible in that way. Not everything needs to be a life-or-death situation in your mind, you’re allowed to fail and change your mind.
What else is there to say on this matter? Resiliency and flexibility, that’s what having backup plans is about. There’s one danger I see that some other people have probably pointed out already. When you give yourself a backup, an out. Does that mean you’re deeply committed or not? Does that mean you already have one foot out of the door, and will you abandon the plan as soon as it becomes a little difficult?
Title prompts are taken from The Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.