It is very common advice that we should have something we can ‘fall back on’. To have a safer and more achievable objective.
Forget about your backup plan, I say. Put all of your energy into what you really want to do with your life.
Backup plans are the ones we make when we fear that we will fail at the plan that we really want to achieve. If you think you need one, then consider that it’s your relationship to failure that needs to change.
Failure is a perfectly normal part of becoming successful. If you are not experiencing failure, then you are not in the game.
During his baseball career, Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs, but he also had 1,330 strikeouts, a record of failures that held for over 30 years.
Michael Jordan made over 32,000 points in his career, the fourth highest point scorer in NBA history still today, but he missed over 9,000 shots along the way.
Even if you do fail, it doesn’t mean your life is over. You just learned a valuable lesson.
Now get up, and try again.