Goals, Deadlines and an Uncle’s Advice

February 22, 2016

By Mike Bossy

I started my CPA practice in October of 1984.  This was done very much on a whim.  It was impulsive and with little planning; I was not sure how I had arrived at the decision but in hindsight, having gained knowledge around Kolbe systems, it happened because I was an initiating quick start (5-5-9-1).

At the time, I asked my Uncle Cyril, a very successful civil engineer, about when he achieved his financial independence.  He gave me an age.

When I attained that age, I did not feel I had obtained my financial independence.  I felt like a failure and those thoughts still linger with me.

I recently completed reading Dan Sullivan’s new book, “The 25-Year Framework”.  Dan states, “There are no unrealistic goals, only unrealistic deadlines”.  That is what I had done to myself.  I set an unrealistic deadline.

I will not do this again.  To quote Dan, “Look for progress, not perfection”.

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