Who could’ve predicted the last few months? Not me. Not anyone on our team. So why, then, should the issue we’ve put together in the middle of this COVID-19 uncertainty be themed Vision?
Not many people saw this coming. Even those who observed the thunderclouds gathering overseas were divided on how to react, and in this case, the storm has been way too big for anyone to escape. Everyone’s life has been affected in one way or another.
So why Vision? Because it’s not so much about predicting the future—which no one can reliably do. It’s about imagining a better future and taking the steps to make that a reality, as much a hallmark of disaster preparation as it is personal development. Neither you nor I can predict the events that will change the world around us in the next few months, for example, but we can set a plan into action now that gives us the best chance to make it through just fine.
That thinking was precisely the inspiration behind the recent launch of the first SUCCESS podcast in more than two years: Hustle from Home. Search those words on your favorite podcast platform, and you can listen to myself as well as our columnist Amy Anderson—The SideHustler—interviewing world-class experts on how you can start a profitable business at your kitchen table to make yourself and your family “recession-proof.”
In many ways, it’s actually easier to plan for the long term, going for that kind of big goal, than it is the short term. When you plan for a long range goal, a truly massive goal, events like recessions, pandemics and unrest will ultimately seem like trivial distractions, especially if you can react correctly along the way. That’s what Elon Musk has done throughout his career, and the reason he’s a fine front man for the Vision issue.
Musk has taken on the biggest problems we will face over decades or centuries: energy, climate change, space travel, and in doing so attracted millions of people to his cause. That’s the effect of having a grand vision and a true belief that you can succeed, almost no matter the problems that arise on the course.
It’s all right if your personal sights are set somewhat lower than saving the human race from extinction. If you now find yourself at a low point because of this spring’s crisis, great vision may be required just to imagine yourself on track again a year from now. But it’ll be much tougher to get there if you can’t begin to picture your life set right, or conceive of yourself pushing through these tough times to get there. Let this issue of SUCCESS be your guide to perfecting a mindset that allows you to fight through today’s problems and achieve tomorrow’s rewards.
In the meantime, may you and your family stay healthy and keep the faith. We’re here for you.
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2020 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
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Josh Ellis is the editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and DallasCowboys.com. Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.