Our vision of success changes through time. And that’s probably a good thing. Would you really want to have your current life constrained by what you envisioned when you were in your 20s?
Likely it has evolved beyond those original visions of success for your life.
It has likely been tempered by the life experiences you have had since then, the good experiences and the ‘learning’ experiences.
Saving and (financially) planning for the future may not have been part of your original vision of success.
But I hope they are now.
Success and dreams and goals are all very closely linked: They aren’t easily achieved without focus, discipline, and energy.
And when we get there, Success 1.0 tends to evolve into something deeper, more thoughtful, becoming our Success 2.0.
Success 2.0 tends to become more legacy focused and incorporates elements of ourselves we have discovered along the way.
The role of a plan in achieving Success 2.0 underscores the importance a financial roadmap makes in articulating where we are going and how we will get there.
It’s likely you can move to Success 2.0 without a financial plan, but why would you want to?
(Full Disclosure: I am a Fee-Only Financial Planner. My website is here.)