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Carpa Diem – Seize the day

Most people will have heard the expression, seize the day, but may not know the full quotation from which it is taken. Horace in The Odes: Book One wrote: ”Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero”, which translates as “Seize the day, place in the hours that come as little faith as you can”.

At first reading this seems to be inconsistent with the accepted principle of planning for the future – "failing to plan is planning to fail". But it is not, because all plans require you to take action to implement them. For example, my marketing plans includes writing regular blogs – but this is my first blog for nearly a year!

Paul Dunn, the chairman of B1G1 and award winning entrepreneur, often spoke of business owners’ “failure to implement”.  You may have made your plans with a list of actions to take tomorrow - but something happens tomorrow that demands your attention and you fail to implement your plans.

If you have a number of actions on your “To Do List”, then take action today to complete one of them. Although you may have a prioritized list, just completing one of the easier tasks can generate momentum.

If you need help with implementing your plans, or even making a plan, please email me on bob@bespoke.accountants. Or give me a call on 08008 620 950.


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