Ki-taek: You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan at all. No plan. You know why? If you make a plan, life never works out that way. Look around us, did these people think ‘Let’s all spend the night in a gym?’ But look now, everyone’s sleeping on the floor, us included. That’s why people shouldn’t make plans. With no plan, nothing can go wrong and if something spins out of control, it doesn’t matter. None of it f*cking matters. Got it? [From 2019’s Academy Award Best Picture Parasite]
Here’s my interpretation of what Ki-taek is saying. If you don’t dream, you’ll never be disappointed. He picks on planning because planning is the way we turn dreams into reality. It’s how we prepare for a career, follow a passion, build a life, get ready for retirement and build a better world. Failure to plan is accepting failure and ceding control over our destiny to random life events.
I prefer to plan. In fact, many of my jobs involved some type of planning – finance, logistics and project management. Personally I maintain a budget, to do list, calendar and retirement plan. I’m convinced that having a dynamic retirement is a big reason why I’m enjoying retirement. By that I mean I update my plan from time to time because things change which allows me to make adjustments to stay on track.
Planning helps to set goals, provide guidance for decisions, have more control by being proactive and measure success. Planning isn’t all that hard and there’s plenty of help available. Planning or not is a choice. Maybe in Ki-taek’s world planning doesn’t matter but in the world I live in, it matters to me.