Alan Kay is a visionary – a genius some would say. You should google him. He wasn’t talking about event planning when he wrote the quote – but it works. Although, I can relate things that Buddha and Oprah have said back to event planning too, just so you know.
To be a good planner, you have to put yourself out there. You cannot go-with-the-flow. You need to figure out what the choices are and then either know which direction is best for the situation – or take a gamble and go with your gut.
There is no such thing as a passive, indifferent planner. Do you have to be neurotic and Type A? Nope – but it helps. You know that JLo movie with that greasy Matthew McConnaheyhey? That was a terrible movie, although if it’s on tv I’m compelled to watch it. Anyway – the scenes with her running around like a looney with a headset? Bogus. Unless you are in a seriously stressful situation (there is no bride for the groom to wed, hurricanes, etc.) – calm yourself down.
Back to the quote….if you think events are the thing for you – test yourself. When you are with a group of people deciding what to order for dinner, what movie to see, what president to vote on – do you speak? Are you compelled to let your thoughts out? If the answer is no – congrats. You are a polite, normal citizen of the world. But if your answer is yes, and you’ve already researched the restaurant, read movie reviews and have no problem defending your choices – welcome to the insanity.