Or is it? (or do you?)
One of our smart advisers told us that we don’t need a 5-year plan, or even a 1-year plan at this point. We need to do the next thing, get Shakespeare in the Park up and running and then see. Do what’s next often enough to establish a path of growth and then consider a 6-month plan well before considering a 1-year plan, much less a 5-er. Our evaluative efforts are much better spent looking back to see where we’ve been versus trying to project too far where we want to go.
Hmmmm. I believe him. But do I believe him enough to stop noodling the future around ‘in secret’? If I’m going to be honest with myself, I have to say no. I can’t help but think about the future. About the possibilities and the best, smartest ways to get there.
I believe his advice was based on one big assumption that doesn’t actually apply. The assumption is that Ron and I can continue to afford to devote ourselves 100% of the time to Shakespeare in the Park. That’s not the case – or won’t be very soon. We’ve given well over a year and a half of our time to it and the personal finances that have made that dream possible are about gone. By the time we need to transition, we will have given 2 years gratis. An amazing gift, both of ourselves and for ourselves, but one that’s no longer going to be possible.
It’s all good. We’re grateful. But, back to the point. Even taking this assumption into consideration, there is truth to his advice. It is too soon to map the long-term future of Shakespeare in the Park. We do need to stay the course, focus on today and tomorrow. Consider the day after, but don’t get locked into anything. These next 2 months are going to be the most telling. We need to listen.
Susan Scot Fry
Update… Part of listening is initiating conversations with people. Talking about the possibilities doesn’t constitute concrete planning. It opens up the channels that need to be open in order to pick a path.
There comes a time when I need to hear what other people think — which means, I have to ask. I need to purposefully not work in a vacuum.