That’s me in 1995 before my first day of work after university, working in marketing in London England.  I felt like the man in my new suit with my fresh briefcase.  My life was going exactly as planned: I had a corporate job with a decent pay-check and I was on my way to taking the advertising world by storm and running a huge advertising agency one day.

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Almost 20 years later, this is what I actually do: motivational speaking and coaching on the topic of Courage.  Not a damn thing about advertising.  I could never have predicted this path, and I sure as hell didn’t plan to be as bald as an eagle.

The point is this: we cannot predict how things will turn out.  And that’s a good thing.  We always need to have goals and targets – something to aim at – but we have to understand that they might change.  Any company who makes a long-term plan and sticks to it to the letter, will go out of business.  The same is true for you.  Things change.  YOU change.

So have a plan, but be open to it changing.  Let go of the need to know everything all the time.  Embrace the unknown – that’s where creativity happens.  Have the balls to change and adapt – nothing in nature survives without doing that.

Change is scary, but so are regrets.