Updated: Jun 20, 2019
The first step in getting what you want is knowing what you want.
Recently Kimbra and I met with a financial planner and decided to move all of our various retirement accounts over to his care. Organizing our retirement plan was something we knew needed to be done, but it just seemed like such a pain to gather up all the various accounts that we never took time to make it happen.
Until now. The actual moving wasn't all that hard. Most every account had online access, and we were able to look everything up and provide our planner with the information he needed to tackle the challenge. Interesting enough the hardest part of the whole process was a questionnaire he sent us and asked us to complete. We sit down at the table full of excitement as we began to map out how we saw our future selves. That excitement quickly turned to something else very different as we realized we didn't know how we wanted our future to look. We also figured out that my vision of the future was very different than Kimbra's. The exercise said to dream big, so I was planning for private air travel and month-long vacations in far-off lands. Kimbra was much more practical like paying for our grandkids college or buying their first cars upon graduation.
As we continued to work through the exercise, it only got worse, and pretty soon we decided to shelf the whole activity until a later date and time. As of this writing, we are still waiting for someday to come along so we can finish the exercise.
This whole exercise got me to thinking about the success of Frisco and how incredibly rare it is for a community to create a shared vision and then stick to the plan over three decades. (Wierd I know, its the mind of an economic developer)
I am often asked how Frisco has achieved their incredible economic development success. Part of my answer to this Frisco "secret sauce" question is this shared vision. It's not complicated when you think about it, and it makes perfect sense. Begin with the end in mind. Create a plan and then execute the plan. Simple right?
However, simple does not mean easy. You see if my wife and I can't agree on a shared vision think about how hard it is to get community leaders, community members and other interested parties with diverse backgrounds and experiences to come together and map out what their community is going to look in thirty years. Then have the community as a whole stick to the plan over the next thirty years. As mayors and elected officials come and go, as political climates change at the county, state and federal level. As the economy rises and falls. Truly it is an amazing feat considering all these factors.
Here is what I know. It takes desire, dedication, and discipline. A desire to make it a happen, dedication to making it happen and discipline to stay the course when others are chasing the latest new fad. I also know its possible because I've seen it first hand while living in Frisco. This is knowledge I have been blessed to acquire and I will cherish it and look for opportunities to share it with others moving forward.
Dave Quinn, CEcD is Chief Inspiration Officer for DaveQuinn247.com and President of City Services for Day One Experts, an economic development consulting firm specializing in economic development consulting to companies, communities, and organizations. If you'd like to set up a time to visit with Dave about possible speaking engagements or to find out more about becoming a member of the Day One family click here to set up a 30-minute discovery call.
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