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Jane asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago

Do you agree with this statement?

Planning is a useless endeavor, because developments in e-business and e-commerce, and

in the political, economic, and social environments are moving too quickly nowadays.

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  • Ed
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    It pays to plan. It wasn't raining when Noah began building the ark. Noah didn't know how much rain was going to fall, didn't know how long it would rain either, but he prepared for a huge rain event.

    In the same way, we don't know exactly what the future holds for us, but we can still make general plans, chart a course. Planning for the future doesn't mean we're seers, it only means we have a direction to move in, and as the future brings changes, we can adjust our course accordingly.

    An example might be the real estate market. A real estate investment company might invest in high-end luxury properties in good times, but when a recession occurs -- unplanned -- it may shift gears and buy and sell foreclosures. The general direction hasn't changed -- profits from real estate investments -- but the means does as economic conditions change.

    A Chinese proverb says, "When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.”

    Planning is NOT a useless endeavor, but plans should always be flexible, subject to changing conditions. In other words, we have to plan, but we also have to adapt.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.

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