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Planning for success: Five aphorisms

Planning and execution seldom come naturally to 13-year-old Boy Scouts. When I help Scouts from my parish’s troop with their merit badge work, I like to bore them with five aphorisms from the business world (some of which I made up myself):

  • To fail to plan is to plan to fail.
  • Plan the work, then work the plan.
  • How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
  • What do you call a plan that doesn’t have milestones and target dates? A daydream.
  • What do you call a plan that isn’t in writing? It’s still a daydream.

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