Planning Your Future

Sooner or later we all have to grow up. It is true that it is sooner for some and later for others. And we all come from different backgrounds and walks of life. Some have it harder than others. Some have had an easy childhood and others very difficult. But we all have one thing in common. We have to grow up and think about our future, what we will do with our time, and for many of us, how we will earn a living.

I have always told my children: Do what you love, if at all possible. Even if you have to do things that you don’t like for a time, have it in sight, in your mind’s eye, that you will do what you love. And be great people.

I would advise anyone, whether in high school, college, or even younger if they are so inclined, to sit back with pen in hand and consider the things that you absolutely love to do, or even what you might like to do. Then, write these things down on a list. It may help to write down the things that you would absolutely hate doing as well. But when you do, ask yourself about that less pleasant column and whether you have really given what you hate a chance.

Honestly I can’t count how many times I have said: “I hate business. Never been interested in it. I’m no good with computers. But I love science.” I never gave anything but science a chance. Although I did follow my dreams of becoming a physician and surgeon, there came a time when I was unable to continue practicing. Then came unemployment with multiple debts, including student loans, and that can be very stressful. My husband had to deal with the burden of my student loans as well as his. We continued on, paying bills, and having more children. Whenever I attempted to find a way to make money from home, I just didn’t succeed.

Then I heard about internet marketing, including affiliate marketing. I didn’t know what affiliate marketing was and I had no idea how it worked. There was also someone very close to me who was building and managing a website, and I wanted to help but had no idea how. I was voluntarily editing some google documents online but could only do the basics. It was very frustrating.

I decided to give the internet world and online marketing a try and I will admit though I was motivated, the fear of failure was always looming. I tried several programs but they were just too complicated. Eventually I found Wealthy Affiliate after being assured that it was not a scam (I think I scared the guy with my incessant grilling) and decided to give it a try, as I mentioned in my “Getting Started” post. He was right. It is anything but that. I’ll have to go back to his website and say “thank you” today!

I never dreamed it would work, and even more surprising is that what I thought I hated – I actually love.

So today, no matter what your background or age, write your list and plan your future. Don’t put it off another day because it will create a momentum for you, even if it be small. Tomorrow, you will build on it. Consider your list while you go about your day, and contemplate your likes, dislikes, and your choices. And feel free to leave me any comments (here is my profile link). Good luck!





  1. Lish

    Hey Sue, really good advice – I must say I do agree. If we’re doing something we don’t love we should think about whether we’ve really given it a fair chance and be honest with ourselves. If we’re stuck in a situation we’re unhappy with however, then it’s up to us to change it – we just have to take that first step!

    1. Sue (Post author)

      Thank you Lish. I think when you love something you’re more willing to work hard at it, and less willing to give up. Even so, having a plan is a key to success, along with the proper tools for achieving your goal. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Mark Tuban

    Great content Sue.
    It never crossed my mind before during my student days to do business. But here I am, now also working at the field of affiliate marketing online. I guess it is really important to list down your goals at an earlier stage so that all efforts will not be in vain.

    1. Sue (Post author)

      Hi Mark! I think it helps at both a conscious and subconscious level. I can’t imagine getting into a car and driving without having a destination. Yet we do this with our lives and wonder why we go nowhere. How amazing is that! Thank you for your comment!


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