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First You Plan, Then You Do

Written by Ryan Ambrose  · July 30, 2009

In my travels around the Internet, I occasionally bump into an online business concept I really don’t like. Though I haven’t heard it in a while, it can be summed up as “ready, fire, aim”: Just do something, then you try again if it doesn’t work.

Yes, I do have some direct experience with trying things that way, and it can be summed up as:

  • Ready

  • Fire

  • Trip

  • Fall on face

  • Wish I had aimed first

In short, the “ready, fire, aim” thing really didn’t work for me. Throwing money and enthusiasm at something you don’t fully comprehend will only earn you some time in the School of Hard Knocks. So I don’t recommend you try your online business this way.

You don’t just go out and “Do”. First you learn, then you plan. Once you have a plan, then you “do”. It’s not “ready, fire, aim”.

Yes, there will be setbacks along the way. Sometimes, you have to adjust. Sometimes, you realize you can make a better plan, or do things a better way. However, this is more like “Ready, aim, fire, then try again if you must”.

Nowadays, there’s just no money to throw around frivolously, not that it was ever a good idea. And while sifting through the noise about making money online can take time, there’s also no excuse not to do it. Don’t give yourself more trouble than is necessary. Go out and do your homework before picking a REAL way to make money online and then working it.

Forget “ready, fire, aim”. First you plan, then you do. It doesn’t pay to do it any other way.

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My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m one of the co-authors of Can I Make Big Money Online.

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3 Responses to “First You Plan, Then You Do”

  1. Chris Peterson on September 23rd, 2009 3:29 am

    That was very deep. Somehow, few small things that go unnoticed are the most important aspects of success. It’s essential to plan before taking any kinda action. But i am not a kinda fellow, who would hesitate to take the risk because of few failures of the past. I can stand again & fight for success till I succeed.
    However, it was quite unusual for your style.

  2. Sydney SEO on September 23rd, 2009 4:12 am

    Eh, I plan while I’m doing. I think of something, do it, then when I take a break to get a coffee, I do a quick plan. It’s not the greatest feedback, but it works.

  3. Free Samples By Mail on October 6th, 2009 12:10 am

    People tend to plan too long and they never do what they plan in the end. That’s the weakness of this strategy. As for me, I usually think short and do it asap. I learned from my past failure where I just plan, plan, and plan. I know I should’ve done it, but it can’t be helped. So now I have new habit. I plan quick – just simple idea – then do it. There will be problems in the process, I know, but I can handle it one by one.