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When do you plant your trees? When do you start your projects?

November 10, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

There is a Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second-best time is now.” The meaning is clear. Seeds need to be planted, projects need to be started. They need time to develop, so the sooner we can start, the better. However, if we have not begun, if we have not done the things we need to do to prepare, to plan, and protect ourselves, consistent with The 3 Laws of Empowerment, then the time to start planting is now. Start building for the future and start developing. We cannot go back and undo the past, but we can start where we are and build for the future. We can see the preparations we have now, and then we can start executing our plans.

As we have mentioned in other blogs, we need to do an accurate assessment of where we are and where we are going.  Once we have that, then we can build the intermediate steps and lay out a plan to get from here to the next level. Stuff does not go in straight lines, but the better we understand where we are, and where we want to be, the better off we are going to be. Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t made plans. Don’t fret if you are not where you want to be. The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, but the second-best time is now. Right now, you can start building the plans for the future. Determine your situation. Get the training you need. Learn about the three laws of empowerment and how you can move forward.

What has been your experience? Have you regretted not planting seeds, starting projects in the past? What will you do differently in the future? How will you keep yourself moving forward? Join us in the comments below and let us know your thoughts.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Klemen Valjavec. 

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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