Future Planning

Yesterday, I came across this interview with Brunello Cucinelli who I had honestly never heard of and didn’t know much about but I was captivated by the interview and one part that’s had me thinking is the following quote on his business plans:

As for my business plans, I have three-year business plans and 30-year business plans but also three-centuries business plans.

In a world where it most people can’t plan what they are doing next week, he is looking ahead 300 years and trying to build a company that will last that long.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the now, and loose sight of the future. In the grand scheme of history, our entire lives are just a tiny moment and what we tend to think is so important just isn’t.

No One Knows What They Are Doing

It’s election season which means we spammed to death by political campaigns and all politicians claim to know the answer and their party knows the right course for the entire nation to take. 

Of course, the reality is no answer is black and white and we all live in a grey area where no answer can be 100% correct. Everything has tradeoffs and no one person or party knows the answer. 

When I think about this in business terms and making decisions based on long-term planning it reminds me a lot of the joke, “More fiction is written in Excel than in Word”.

No one knows what they are doing, we are all just trying to make the best decisions based on our gut feeling, our firmly held beliefs, and past knowledge. All of those can be wrong for the future.

A Printed Laravel Magazine?

For the past few years, I’ve been on an analog kick and I’ve been loving printed magazines like the ones in the photo above. These aren’t traditional magazines like you find at the newsstand, instead, these are made out of high-quality materials, over 150 pages, and about a quarter inch thick.

I’ve been internally debating for months if something like this would work for the Laravel Community? Because I’d want it to stand the test of time it wouldn’t focus on the code or tutorials that can be obsolete in a very short time. This would focus more on soft skills, interviews, and the community.

I’m estimating it will not be cheap to produce with the overhead will be printing costs, shipping, and paying contributors. As such, this will need to be priced on the premium end, around $40 per issue and maybe more after I’ve researched and went through all the logistics.

If this is something you would like to see come to fruition let me know by sending me $40 through PayPal. This will give you the first edition, shipping included, mailed out sometime in 2019. (I’ll add you to an email list and keep you updated) If I do not get enough interest to make this work then I’ll refund your money.

Love it or hate it the comments are open below and I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about this.


Q. I like the idea but can’t justify $40 for a magazine.
A. I totally understand. This would be a premium product and might not be for everyone, however, let me know in the comments what you would consider as a better price.

Q. Is shipping included for $40?
A. Yes, that price would include shipping anywhere in the world.

It’s NaNoWriMo Time Again

It’s November which means it is time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and it’s one of those projects I’ve never participated in, but it has always intrigued me.

The premise is you write a 50,000-word novel from November 1st to November 30. 1,667 words a day! That is insane to me because as I honestly struggle to write even just 1,000-word posts.

What is also great is that some people use this month to do other goals that are fairly related. I’ve seen some use the 50,000-word goal and use it to write blog posts during the month. Then others just try to blog every day no matter how many words.

This year I forgot it was coming so I haven’t planned anything but since I’m on a blogging kick I’m going to try to continue my everyday blogging. I will say coming up with content every day has been a struggle at times so I’m hoping I get some inspiration.

If there is anything you’d like me to cover let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. Anything from tutorials, to ideas, or anything that I have some knowledge on.

Good luck to all those participating!