Building a foundation can be one of the wisest things a human being can do. It doesn’t matter what kind of foundation it is: physical, financial, emotional, professional, or friendship. All of these require a strong base to build upon, and it’s all worth it in the end. Sometimes the most inconsequential thing could end up being part of a foundation, so let’s explore why building a foundation is so important.
The most important reason to build a foundation, is planning for the future. A promising future comes from a well established foundation. Now the best way to go about creating a foundation is first asking yourself, what should my foundation be constructed of and how will I assemble it? So say you want to create an RRSP account or start an IRA so you can retire pleasantly. Once you decide that you want to retire and the type of account you want to establish to retire, you would then determine how secure your job is, and how much of your pay check you can afford to contribute towards it. There are so many variables you need to consider to create a foundation even before it is started. Proper foundation preparation is critical to future success. A improperly constructed foundation can cause a structure to fail and crumble before or after the building has been fully constructed.
The same causes of building collapes are the same principles that cause a foundation in life to fail:
In other instances, laying the foundation can be a good idea regardless of planning. An example would be if you were to introduce yourself to someone on purpose because you know that it is an opportunity that you will not have again, because you see a prominent business person and an opportunity to strike up a conversation to introduce yourself and possibly exchange business cards. Networking with prominent people and people who have resources is a great way to build a foundation. There is never a bad time to meet anyone, especially if they can potentially help you later on in life, or you can help them. Honesty, integrity, and dependability are three character traits that help make a concrete foundation to a relationship. Establishing trust in a relationship is also important to building a strong base.
You don't even have to have mastered introductory skills, sometimes just making a positive first impression is enough to get your foot in the door. There’s no telling how far that can go or where it will lead, but keeping doors open and not burning bridges is very important to a properly constructed foundation.
No one can predict the future, but you sure as hell contribute to making an exciting and successful one.
What do you plan on doing in life and how are you preparing for it?