The probability of succeeding in materializing your wildest dreams can be close to none. Those odds will scare even the most courageous High Performer. Which is the reason many of us in sake of "being realistic" make a plan B—you know, just in case.
For starters, thinking about contingency plans even before you've begun to to chase your dream shows a certain lack of confidence—and also might be evidence of a lack of real passion. Dr. John Eliot upon his years in the study of high performance, and psychology has discovered that those who are inclined to initiate backup plans too quickly often are trying to rationalize their way out of taking a risk in life or out of truly committing to an ambition.
"No, you might not make it as a professional musician. But if you don't, you can always go back to college. It's not as if you become less intelligent in pursuing your dream as a musician, and the experience you pick up in the process is bound to be useful in whatever career you choose next. If the failure of your new business gobbles up all your savings, that doesn't mean your kids will never go to college. You saved money before, and you can do it again; there are also plenty of loans and grants and scholarships out there, if you're willing to look." - Dr. John Eliot
If you fall flat on your face or go bankrupt, so what? High Performers are also exceptional thinkers who know that there's going to be failures. Failures do not change their long term potential, how smart or talented they are, or how much their loved ones love them. It is in fact one more challenge to show how good they actually are. Anyone who has made a costly mistake in business or in the market will concede how painful it was, but they will also be quick to add how much smarter and tougher failure has made them for meeting the next challenges in their career (in fact astute executives have been known to go bankrupt in some ventures intentionally as an effective long-term business strategy). Before giving in to second thought about taking a risk, consider those people who turned down going to work for the infant IBM, Kodak, Xerox or Microsoft—all because they were worried about being realistic.
People shift careers all thue time in middle age, and more important; they tend to be a better doctor, or minister, or whatever as a result of having spent a decade or two doing something else. It's amazing hard people work to find a reason why they need a backup plan.
If plan A is what thrills you, don't waste your time ironing out the details for plan B.
There are exceptional performers who go on and accomplish two wild dreams at the same time. For instance Tenley Albright who won a gold medal in figure skating in the 1956 Winter Olympics, and then went on to graduate from Harvard Medical School at a time when very few women—never mind women Olympic Gold Medalists—became physicians. Superstar quarterbacks Roger Stauback and Fran Tarkenton became wealthy entrepreneurs; San Francisco quarterback Steve Young earned his law degree while winning Super Bowls. They decided to go to law school with the same single-minded commitment that they used in athletics.
In good health,
Efren Guerrero Rodriguez
High Performance Personal Training.