Planning Parasites Planning Turns Dreams into Reality





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 dynamic plans is a big reason why I enjoy retirement. By that I mean I update my plans from time to time because things change. This enables me to make adjustments to stay on track or to get onto an entirely new track!

Planning helps sets goals, provide guidance for decisions, be proactive, and measure success. It 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!

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3 thoughts on “Planning Parasites Planning Turns Dreams into Reality

  1. Brilliant!

    I am a planner too.
    I did a Dale Carnegie course years ago. (ps – they are great)

    There was a quote from mr Carnegie – something like ‘100% of people who fail set goals manage to achieve them.’
    Or was it 99%?

    You’ve inspired ME to write a post about goal setting.

    Thanks for writing this.


  2. A huge part of my job entails planning. Without it, the nursing care I deliver would suffer. I tend to plan a lot of things in life, especially to maximize my time, but things often don’t go as planned, kind of like the dad’s thoughts in the movie. My friend and I put an extraordinary amount of time and effort into planning our trip to the Balkans last week, but COVID19 had other plans for us! Sometimes plans work out and sometimes they don’t. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan, but allow flexibility and realize you can’t control everything.

    1. Very true. We had to cancel a big trip to eastern Canada we had planned for July. It really hurt to process all the cancellations.

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