Way back in the 80s, when dinosaurs and your author roamed the earth, Stephen Covey advised us to Begin with the end in mind. Good advice then, good advice now.
Every successful journey starts with a decision about where you want to go. But destinations are not one-size-fits-all. Different destinations, different journeys. Duration, companions, requirements, and nature of the challenges you will face are all defined by the destination.
Your goal defines your game plan. If your goal is a new flavor of ice cream, you will chart a particular course; if it is to build a company you will be able to sell in five years for several million dollars, you chart another. If you don’t know the difference, you are surely doomed to wander in the wilderness for 40 years or until you win a major lottery, whichever comes first.
Your choice: luck, or plan? If the latter, you need to know where you are headed, then wrestle with the consequences.