On Opportunities

It may be true that if you don’t decide where you are going, then you won’t land at a great destination. You could be as unguided as Alice in Wonderland:

Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.

Instead, it can be tempting for motivated people to drive toward a personal or professional five or ten year plan. Detailed plans, though, have downsides. You miss out on the serendipity that is life. You could be less open to the twists and turns and unexpected opening of doors. As Malcolm Gladwell expressed: “I much prefer to be open to opportunity than to plan my path.”1Tim Ferriss podcast at 1:05

When you learn to recognize the chances that lay on the unexpected path, life gets richer.

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu

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1. Tim Ferriss podcast at 1:05