Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Mervyn Drury Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Posted: 2017-09-20

Chapter 7 Organized Planning


The Sixth Step toward Riches

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up”. ~ A.A. Milne

Planning forms an integral part of our life and when the plan is followed it eliminates distractions and provides the most economical use of time, resources and monies. Planning not only applies to our personal life, meals, holidays, etc. but more importantly in our business life where sadly it is often neglected.

In the fore going chapters we have taken a dream, idea or hunch and through the application of human emotions changed it into a Passionate Desire which through Faith we believe will be accomplished. In subsequent chapters we were introduced to the need to use organised knowledge, General or Specialised, Autosuggestion and Imagination and through this chapter to bring about a plan to initiate action.

Let us consider the preparation of a roast dinner to demonstrate organised planning. Firstly the desire is for a roast dinner, for how many people, what meat will be roasted, what vegetables and how many types? Next we produce a purchase list and as the Chef (Leader) we delegate the obtaining of the ingredients to a helper (follower). We next ensure that the utensils are available and ready for use.

Once the follower returns with the ingredients we prepare them and determine what cooking time each will require and whether any can be cooked together. The roast is obviously going to take the longest time and therefore commenced cooking first and then followed by the rest at predetermined intervals. This ensuring that all parts of the meal are finished cooking, at the appropriate time, to allow the whole meal to be served. Think about the consequences any ingredient of the meal not being cooked when all the remaining ingredients were ready.

A simple example but one which really fits into the quote above from  A.A.Milne.

This chapter also introduces the concept of leaders and followers, as developed in the example above. You must decide whether you are a leader or a follower, you may start as a follower but as you apply the 13 Principles outlined in this book progress to Leadership. Hill lists the requirements of a leader along with faults of a bad leader. He also sets out a self assessment document which should be used to evaluate, on a yearly basis, one’ progress or lack of it.

Too many people enter into business with a good idea but fail because of lack of organised planning. It is said that you can plan to succeed as easily as you can plan to fail. It is the organisation through a plan that correct actions and decisions are made. Hill says that a plan should at all stages be approved by the Master Mind Group. If the plan is not approved or fails one should adjust the existing plan or formulate a new plan, continuing such a procedure until a satisfactory plan is achieved.

Mervyn Drury

Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.