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People who plan ahead and people who are chasing cars

I found this blog post yesterday by Charlie Hoehn via Hey Amber Rae.  A lot of things came together in my head after reading it  – the best part of it is:

“My favorite part of The Dark Knight is when the Joker is talking to Harvey Dent in the hospital, and he says: “Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just DO things… I’m not a schemer. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are.”

And therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things.  Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy.  Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don’t.  No one does.  You shouldn’t be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren’t real and they were created by other people, not you.  There is no explicit path I’m following, and I’m not walking in anyone else’s footsteps.  I’m making it up as I go.

It’s harder, for sure, and kind of scary sometimes.  But it will allow you to look at yourself in the mirror and know you’re playing by your own rules.”

Especially the “stop acting like you have a set path, because you don’t” line really got to me. Those of you knowing me pretty well as a business owner and an entrepreneur knows that I have had some trouble aligning me with the whole “structure and goal setting go get’em, this-is-who-we-should-contact-today thing”. It’s not something I really like doing and so far I have done really great without it, but as the business grows and as I get smarter, I know I have to get someone inside Toothless Tiger that loves to scheme and plan, somebody who wants a set path – because I really don’t. I know I’m supposed to expect me to have a set path. But -it’s not for me, not right now at least. I became a business owner because I love the freedom to choose what to do next. I basically love the magic of the moment and the un-planning part of it.

That I can (like what I am doing this summer) spend all my time on my favorite clients, writing new products and staying at home with my daughter playing and creating and find out the moving process (we are moving to a house in my hometown Helsingør (basically it’s my childhood home we are buying from my parents) – and selling our awesome apartment 12 km from the city center of Copenhagen)

I love it. I am a dog chasing cars as well. I am not into the whole “getting there”. I just want to run free and do my thing.

5 Responses

  1. Word!!! Er så meget på dit hold der.

  2. Perfect timing, just what I needed to hear to stop thinking and start doing.

  3. Nice one Henriette. In complexity doing stuff is the way to find out what works and what’s great. In complexity there is no predictability, just perfect hindsight after the fact. So planning doesn’t work. What does work is knowing who you are, what you like, and what you’d love to see happen. Then doing stuff will show you steps on the way there. Your wording of course is much more appealing as it is much less abstract and brainiac than the complexity stuff. It’s why it’s great to know and work with you.

  4. Dear Henriette, great post! I keep running into kind of the same messages and ideas in the past few days. Sure helps me stop worrying and focus on what’s important: what’s happening NOW and what I like. Have you seen this one? http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html. Enjoy!

  5. Henriette

    thanks guys ! – it made so much sense to me as well =) @ton likewise -and in the other direction as well =) @dustin thanks for the link – awesomeness =)

    rock on people ! =)

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