Amazing entrepreneurs aren't planning for today, but for the next decades - well after they are gone. The problem is that we often mistake planning for knowing each and every step to be taken. It is a dangerous misnomer that can have us stuck in paralysis.
Entrepreneurs Chase Jarvis and Seth Godin recently had a conversation and gave a gorgeous framework to the difference between having a flexible vision and a rigid plan. It is the difference between the map and the compass.
Know your direction
We don't have a map, but what we do have is a compass. A map lays everything out for you. A compass says 'Go that way.'... It doesn't care what's in your way, and, if you're following this compass, neither do you.
As I've said a lot recently, we don't know what we don't know. Jarvis is saying that it doesn't matter that we don't know.
Find your compass
This is why intention matters more than anything else. Simon Sinek calls this finding your why. If your intention is to educate more children in the world, then it doesn't matter if you become a third-grade teacher or founder of an innovative school or a philanthropist funding learning opportunities.
It also means you are inherently flexible to how you reach your goal, which means you are more open to opportunities to reach your goal. In other words, flexibility increases your chances of success.
We automatically lose when we become focused on a fixed result (be a multimillionaire by age 30) rather than a set vision (create financial security by a young age). We discount potential success when we mistake the means (get a prestigious job at Google) with the ends (make a difference in the tech world).
Work on the compass - the motivation and the intention - and the map will present itself to you.