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You can’t plan success

Commentary: Instead of setting goals, think big and be open to possibility

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By MATT BEALLSome people make New Year's resolutions. I don't. I don't set goals. There. I said it. Not only do I not set goals, I think they're dangerous. I know I'm treading on thin ice here, especially in an industry that's almost entirely fueled by adrenalized cheerleading. I'm not a life coach. I don't give speeches about personal empowerment. I don't recite affirmations. I'm an entrepreneur. I've had some success. Enough to prove it's possible without setting goals. It's New Year's. It's that time of year when all of the mental space is filled with goals, intents and, of course, "resolutions." We're a culture obsessed. Make more money. Lose weight. Be more successful. More, more, more. And the way to get what you're seeking? That's right -- goals! And if, by chance, you should stumble upon success without having first set goals? Well, then you're just lucky. At Real Estate Connect in San Francisco last July, Sherry Chris asked me how Hawaii Life had grown so quickly...