Breaking Down Donald Douglas’ Quote About Forming A Great Plan

“It is a hard rule of life, and I believe a healthy one, that no great plan is ever carried out without meeting and overcoming endless obstacles that come up to try the skill of man’s hand, the quality of his courage, and the endurance of his faith.” – Donald Douglas

Why would it be both a hard and healthy rule of life that no great plan would ever be carried out without both meeting and overcoming endless obstacles? One word in a sentence can make all the difference and the word in this one is “GREAT.” The author states that “no great plan” is ever carried out… A plan, any plan, an ordinary plan, a simple plan, may meet with minimal resistance and no obstacles at all, but a “GREAT” plan, completely different.

What constitutes a great plan? The word as used here relates to a grand endeavor, something which if achieved would have broad influence and impact. Wilbur and Orville Wright were first and overcame obstacle after obstacle. But what they really did, was just open the door of opportunity for all who would come after them to build upon their original success. A truly great plan doesn’t just look at the immediate challenge. No, it takes into consideration multiple elements like safety for example.

Each new consideration brings with it a new set of obstacles. What exactly are obstacles anyway? Here is what I believe: Obstacles are simply the…

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Obstacles are the challenges which arise to validate the nature and direction of our ideas. They are a measure of our courage, faith, skill, endurance, and commitment to excellence. Obstacles make us both better, and our “great plans” worthwhile!

Author: Bobby Kountz

Bobby Kountz is a former Oncology Nurse, a seasoned Oncology Sales Professional, and Personal Development Enthusiast. He is also an Inspirational Writer, Professional Speaker, Personal Development and Career Transition Coach, Dedicated Community Volunteer, Social Equality Activist, Mental Health Activist, and Loving Father and Husband.