Every project includes a set of assumptions.
For example, a theatre may be producing a play on the assumption that 10,000 people will pay an average of $25 to see the show.
A painter may assume that she can build relations with 10-15 gallery owners that are willing to showcase her work.
The issue is that often these assumptions are unspoken. Or they aren't fully considered. What if you do work in a market that doesn't support the idea of 10,000 audience members? What if you just don't have the skill or willingness to network with so many gallery owners?
What happens to the plan then?
We know what happens. The plan falls apart and there are a lot of time, energy and resources wasted in the process.
So it may be helpful to write down the vital assumptions that need to be true for your project to work out. This will help you stay focused on what's important.
It will also be a helpful reminder that a lot of other things are NOT important. They may be urgent, they may be annoying, but they aren't important.
Spend your time making sure that the few important assumptions work themselves out. Everything else will take care of itself.
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