This week I’m Building My Future.
Building is defined by Webster as Framing or erecting. This year, more than any year, it seems I’m building my future. A man has a finite amount of time called youth, it’s this time where a person lays the foundation of their futures.
My father worked in the trades, because of this, many of my early memories were of the construction sites. I watched houses being built from the frame work, the plumbing, the wiring, and finally the siding and drywall. It gives me a true appreciation for what it takes to make a house, let alone what it takes to build a life.
Building a future involves two important things, a vision, and a plan:
The vision is where you want to be, where you see yourself going. Building castles in the clouds. In construction this would be the initial visualization or conception of the building: a doodle, a drawing or just an idea of what you want it to look like.
The plan is the road map to that castle. It is the step by step instruction on how to succeed in your goals. In a building this is the blueprint, the directions for how to place the two by fours and wires.
By marrying these two ideas, worlds can be conquered, businesses are built, and empires are created.
There is a Latin saying, “Faber est suae quisque fortunae.” a quote by Appius Claudius Caecus, which translated means, Every man is the artisan of his own fortune.