Risks vs Planning

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Success is defined as attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence. To attain success, however, is very difficult. One must wonder whether success is obtained through risk taking or through careful planning. I believe that success is the result of tedious planning. Planning can give an individual complete control over the situation and will not put that person in an unexpected position; it also builds confidence for the person doing the task and helps avoid impractical stunts.

By planning carefully, one will be in full control of what is going on and what is required to accomplish the next step. It also builds confidence in that one will not be placed in a situation that is not planned; one can be confident about the result as opposed to worrying about the outcome. One cannot solely live for the moment, but would have to be prepared at what life throws at him.

For instance, when a student has to take a final exam, he should outline what he is required to study and spend time to study, as opposed to hoping that the test be rescheduled to another day or perhaps praying that it will be an easy test. One should not gamble in such important circumstances. Therefore, being prepared can let an individual live life peacefully and avoid the mental stress involved in being unprepared.

By analyzing the possibilities that one may succeed, one can avoid attempting an unreasonable feat, thus saving precious time and energy. It also gives an individual more options to fallback on in case one should fail. In a perfect world, if someone gives his best, he should succeed. However, we do not live in a perfect world so this kind of wishful thinking is impractical. Giving one’s all may not be enough for success, therefore one must plan on what to do in case he does not succeed. Even if one fails to accomplish what he first strives for, he still has reasonable options to turn to as a result of careful planning. Risk-takers that are put into this situation have few, if any choices because they choose to rely on luck to obtain success. Planning would eliminate the worries and in return give the individual greater confidence to achieve success.

It is true that many outcomes may appear to be the result of giant risks, but these outcomes are actually the result of years, perhaps decades of careful planning. Risks are only taken by procrastinators, those that use risks as a last resort. Risks are for people who do not try hard and put effort when the time comes and are now depending on luck to help them achieve something great. Because of this, a great majority of these people fail. However, if an individual is to plan, he can easily lay out the steps required to accomplish a certain goal and never be confused about what to do next. If a certain process goes awry, one can easily correct it. For risk-takers, they have virtually no control over what the outcome may be; it all depends on luck. This dependence on destiny or fate results in a very lazy individual. It is better for the individual to be in control of his future and success, rather than relying on fate to determine what is in store for him.

Overall, the key to success is planning. Planning gives the individual an increase in the change to succeed by bringing more confidence, more control, and also avoids the unnecessary or impossible feats. Things that may seem impossible at first glance might become more and more realistic once planning is involved.