Conventional thinking always encourages us to forms plans for everything. It is no different with our careers.
However, operating in the environment that we work it, we have found that the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. This phrase was of course coined by Robert Burns in his poetry.
What then, can we do? How can we go about with get anything done if there are no proper plans?
Simply put, just like much in life, it is a process of trial and error. Instead of planning—decide on a goal, act upon it and learn from the action taken. Rinse and repeat.
This sounds ridiculously simple or incredibly risky (depending on your POV), but in the constantly changing and uncertain world that we live in today; there is no alternative.
What is needed in this approach, though, is a goal to begin with, courage to take action and accept failure. Plus, just as important, an open mind (eyes and ears of course) to see the opportunities the open up.
You will find this practice to be true in most successful individuals and organisations.
This is opinion stems from our start-up environment and have served us well. For more inspirations or insights on this, check this out as well.