In a recent speech that I was delivering on 'Mojo' somebody talked about their dream and whether they should have a Plan B. I told the story of legendary jazz musician Wynton Marsalis
. Marsalis is probably the greatest jazz musician of the modern era. As a little boy trying to decide what he wanted to do with his life he decided to follow in his fathers footsteps and become a jazz musician. His mama said 'yo don't wanna to do that otherwise yo gunna end up poor' so he went to his dad and asked what to do. His dad said 'the only piece of advice that i can give you is DO NOT have something to fall back on because to do what you want to do is going to be very, very, very hard and you're going to have to give it everything, if you have something to fall back on....you're going to fall back'! This is a poignant lesson for anyone who is going to chase their dreams. If you are going to move into unchartered territory with an original idea, then you are going to have to work very, very, very hard to make your dream a reality and to convince the stinkers that you can make
it work. If you take on the entrepreneurial spirit the same principal applies. To have a fallback plan means that you are going to fall back. Having a fall back plan means that in your heart you are not putting everything into it because in your heart your not sure if it will work. Part of your conscious mind is elsewhere and not on getting the job done. One of the worlds greatest road cyclists Britain's Mark Cavendish is renowned for how many tour stage wins he has won at pro tours around the world. After winning a stage at the Tour De France
last year he was asked who his greatest competitor would be in competing for the green jersey. He said "I don't know! If I worry about my competitors then it means I have less energy and attention put on the main job which is winning the race". He said "All I'm worried about right now is getting across the line first, I haven't got time or energy to worry about anyone else". The same thing applies to fallback plans. If your going to have a fall back plan then your going to fall back.