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<h1><a href="/" title="Derek Sivers">Derek Sivers</a></h1>
<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
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I occasionally get a big vision for my future — a huge project that will take many months or years.
Something exciting and very worth doing.
I’ll do a bunch of research, make a bunch of plans, and feel like I’ve made a big decision on a new direction in life.
Then a month later, I have a completely different vision.
Something unrelated to the previous one.
Something I’m <em>more</em> excited about.
And the process repeats.
I used to feel bad about this.
Like I should stop having new ideas for the future, and just stick with one.
I used to feel bad for not acting on them.
Then I made a little change that made a big difference: on my computer, I made a folder called “Possible Futures.”
For each big plan, I make a new file in that folder and put all of my ideas and research into it.
Now I can daydream all I want, not feeling bad that I’m not taking action, because it’s clear that <strong>each plan is just one of many possible futures.</strong>
This collection of plans also reminds me that <strong>I love daydreaming, just for its own sake.</strong>
I’ve got seventy-two different futures in there as of today.
A few times a year, I read through them all.
Some seem stupid now, but some get more and more enticing with time.
When I finish a big project and I’m feeling ready for a new future, I open this folder and pick one to make real.
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