The Danger of Making a Backup Plan

August 29, 2016 Christian Jarrett of 99u

Make yourself a safety net and you'll be good. Always ensure you have a Plan B to your Plan A. 

Scratch that. 

It might actually be counter-productive to make a back-up plan for your business. This isn't to say go ahead, don't think about contingency plans.

But maybe just don't give them so much space to breathe.

According to a newly published paper by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania, placing too much emphasis on thinking ahead to avoid failure might just bring failure one step closer to you.

Think about it for a second. You don't want to fail, so you push hard to move forward. But if you spend too much time thinking through alternate moves in case your first few prove less fruitful, you might just get a little too comfortable. 

It's been said that you can't innovate if you're too comfortable. This stands true in the case of backup plans too. You start thinking "oh, we've got a back up plan, don't worry" just a little too much. It ends up taking the creative genius. 

So let 99u tell you how to avoid the safety net trap. You'll be thankful (as are we). 

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