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Has anyone given up on their plan A in life, and have accepted plan B or C?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by zillka, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. zillka

    zillka Senior member

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    ie you wanted to be a movie writer, and sent hundreds of scripts out for the past XX years, but are making the most of it as a lawyer in the meantime, or wanted to be in big law but are still a paralegal for whatever reason, or a casino operator in vegas but you're hooking on the streets of atlantic city for the past 6 years still trying to make casino connections...

    it could be anything, have you given up on plan A? it could be for better or worse, ie plan B turned out to be better (objectively speaking, since we'll be biased).
     
  2. thenanyu

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    My plan A life was to be a professional trombone player. I am now a software developer and compulsive clothes collector. [​IMG]

    Plan B certainly brings in more income and being separated from the classical music world lets me enjoy going to concerts without an obsessive fixation on the low brass section. On the other hand I feel a slight sting of envy whenever I hang out with my old musician friends, many of whom are now professionals.
     
  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    I am on at least Plan E. Gave up on pro hockey player, rock star, university professor, and clinical career.
     
  4. MrG

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    I am on at least Plan E. Gave up on pro hockey player, rock star, university professor...

    I'm somewhere around plan D, and A-C looks remarkably similar to this. Though I wanted to be a football player, not a hockey player.
     
  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    I'm somewhere around plan D, and A-C looks remarkably similar to this. Though I wanted to be a football player, not a hockey player.

    I'm also working on my second million now. I completely gave up on my first! [​IMG]
     
  6. Alter

    Alter Senior member

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    Tried and gave up actor, drummer, painter, chef.

    No regrets...trying was damn fun.
     
  7. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My Plan A was not to waste seven years on Style Forum, and look how that worked out.
     
  8. MrG

    MrG Senior member

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    I'm also working on my second million now. I completely gave up on my first! [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Just wanted to let you know I'm stealing this. You can now take pride in the fact that someone somewhere in Georgia will hear a Pio joke.
     
  9. Crane's

    Crane's Senior member

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    My plan A all along was to be 100% self employed. Almost 20 years ago that happened. Now there are certain aspects of plan A that I would like to see happen and with a little luck and a lot of work they will.
     
  10. JoshuaC

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    Plan A was to play pro basketball which I gave up since I'm 5'8" and have a 2" vertical. Plan B was to be a rock star and though I did tour with a band for a few years we never came close to star status. Currently, I'm a stay at home dad, which I like to call Plan WTF.
     
  11. foodguy

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    personally, i think anyone who ranks plans is asking for trouble. man proposes, god disposes. i started out a sportswriter, switched to music writer, switched to news writer, switched to feature writer and finally wound up writing about food. keep doing what interests you and while you may never make a million, you'll never get bored.
     
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    My Plan A was to be an architect ... so I'm still on Plan A ... although it's been amended a few times over the years ... and interrupted once or twice.

    For example there were a couple of years spent on Wall Street -- that would have been my plan Plan B -- but I soon realized that this direction wasn't going to do it for me ... the only thing that allowed me to be really happy was my Plan A ... even if it meant less money.

    If I had the opportunity to do everything over ... I can't think of much I would change. I might choose to fight fewer battles ... having come to see them as a loss of time that otherwise would have been given to something I really enjoy.
     
  13. AR_Six

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    Not really, a bit. Always on the lawyer path, I just thought I'd be doing it in my home city, and am instead doing it elsewhere... I don't know if that qualifies as plan B, though.
     
  14. unjung

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    Are you kidding? I'm only in my late 20s and I'm on plan L or M by now.
     
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    My very original dream as a kid was to be a chef. Then I grew up and wanted to be a lawyer, then a preacher, then a historian, then a businessman, now I'm a cook. So kind of plan A and kind of plan F.
     
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    I am on at least Plan E.
    It's not really fair if we are counting childhood dreams. As far as I can remember them, I had three successive dream carreers as a kid, I'll rank them plans A to C. Plan D failed too. I'd say I am on plan E as well, though I am a bit younger than you.

    Oh, and I was a strange kid. My childhood dreams were, I kid you not, plan A - army, plan B - curator in a big museum, plan C - high-ranking civil servant.
     
  17. sonick

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    My Plan A was to be a Velociraptor...
     
  18. Piobaire

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    It's not really fair if we are counting childhood dreams. As far as I can remember them, I had three successive dream carreers as a kid, I'll rank them plans A to C. Plan D failed too. I'd say I am on plan E as well, though I am a bit younger than you.

    Oh, and I was a strange kid. My childhood dreams were, I kid you not, plan A - army, plan B - curator in a big museum, plan C - high-ranking civil servant.


    The only true dream was "rock star," which is a shame, because that seems like the most lucrative and fun of my various plans, lol.

    I still revive the professor plan occassionally. A couple of years ago, I looked into finishing my Ph.D. so I could teach in my retirement. The recruiting co-deans were too vexing to deal with [​IMG]

    I've got a list of future plans too: vineyard owner, opening an analogue to the VTR, lottery winner. [​IMG]
     
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    rnoldh Senior member

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    This might be applicable

    I've probably had a 100 curves in the road.

    I will say that those I've known that knew exactly what they wanted to do when they were young and then went ahead and did it, have been the most successful in their lives.

    In my link, I tell the story of a Rice classmate who "knew what he wanted to do", 40 years ago. He went on to become a major partner at a major Silicon Valley VC firm.

    I think the same goes for Drs., lawyers, and Indian Chiefs. If you have a plan when you are young, then you have a much better chance to achieve something.

    When I was young all I wanted to do was chase pussy and get high.

    I've substituted the "getting high" with helping people. So life changes.
     
  20. uhurit

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    Plan E here: wanted to be a biologist...then a chemist...then in the military...finally, a journalist. My total inaptitude in precise sciences, like math and chemistry, killed my bio-chemical aspirations[​IMG]
     

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