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Every parent has stayed up till the wee hours of the morning trying to assemble a child’s gift before Christmas morning.

Those three innocent words that lull you into a false sense of security — “Some Assembly Required.” Yeah, I can put that together. No problem.

Of course assembly being the operative word, meaning that for the product to work properly it must be put together according to a set of confusing procedures that insure success.

Ignoring the assembly construction will insure disaster before sunup Christmas morning.

Real Life Assembly Required

Unfortunately life does not come with instructions. And there’s no doubt that some “Assembly” is required to turn out a productive member of society.

Is there a specific order in the assembly of a productive member of society?

Obviously education is one essential starting point. But what might some others be?

Would the Boy Scouts have the answer?

After all a Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

Those traits sound pretty good to me.

How’s Your Assembly Going?

Someone once said, “I don’t need someone to predict my future. I’m going to go make it.” To some that might seem impossible. Too many hurdles and speed bumps are in the way.

Business owners sit down and create a business plan. The things needed to make the business successful in the long run.

We as citizens need to do the very same thing. What do you want to accomplish in this world? What’s important for you to get done?

You might want to start a business, support your church, support a cause, or master a musical instrument.

Whatever your goal is, there’s a process to get you there. But in order to achieve that goal you need to have a plan.

You need a step-by-step instruction book to reach your goal.

Without a plan you’re going to have to overcome a lot more adversity and challenges than you would face if you formulated a plan first.

Some Final Thoughts

A whole bunch of people set out last year to run for president of the United States. They did what they had to do to make their own future.

Whoever wins is not as important as what put them on the stage to begin with. What pushes someone to overcome all the challenges of running for the highest office in the land?

Thousands of things have to fall into place. The right message to the right people at the right time.

But it all starts with a desire to write your own future. To get to the top there is some assembly required.

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