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The difference between successful people and others is often that successful people know what they want to do and work towards achieving a plan. The same principle holds good for planning your career as well.

Erin Malone has described the planning process in a series of steps. I recommend her article “Planning Your Future”.

Many of us are so busy with our day to day activities that we have no time to plan – or even think- of the future. Living by the seat of our pants takes you only so far. To succeed in the long run, we need to take responsibility for our own careers. The first step in this is to have a plan.

So the next time you have a break, take some time off to think about your future.

Look at Career Planning at About. com for some structured ideas.

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