In the days of the Cold War, it seems that people were obsessed with the prospect of a nuclear Armageddon.

As a result, there was a thriving niche business in the construction of backyard bunkers as people sought to protect themselves from what they was as the inevitable result of the ongoing tension between the two main superpowers.

Thankfully, they weren’t needed, but the concept of building something before you need it is still relevant today, if in a very different context.

There are a lot of things in life that we don’t necessarily need now, but we may do one day.

Here are a few things that I think you should consider building before you need them.

Build a retirement nest-egg before you need it.  I know it seems obvious, but many people are focussed on the short-term and their spending patterns will significantly impact their standard of living in old age.

Build a strong support structure before you need it. We all need friends and family around, especially during some of the more challenging moments that we go through in life.  Building a strong, robust support structure and investing in relationships during the good times will ensure that there are people around when you need them.

Build your network before you need it.  Often people only start to invest into their network from a business or career perspective when they are out of a job and need help.  It can take a long time to get traction doing it that way.  Start working on your network through social media (especially LinkedIn and Twitter) and regular catch-ups.  You’ll be glad that you did when you need it.

Build your faith before you need it.  So often people cry out to God when they are in a moment of crisis.  It’s so much better to build your relationship with God and learn more about the Bible during good times so that you have a foundation of faith to fall back on.

As I write this, I’m reminded of when Jesus talked about the wise man who built his house on the rock that could withstand storms and floods.  So much better than the short-term thinking of the foolish man who built his house on sand.

Can you think of anything else that you need to build for the future?

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