Are you a strategist or a planner? In both life and business, it’s always better to be a strategist.
This is because plans typically tend to always fall apart whenever things get a little too difficult to handle.
However, most people think that it’s better to be the planner.
Why? Because people think that in order to be motivated and determined enough to go after and achieve your plan A, you have to not have the comfort of knowing you have a Plan B.
This is something Will Smith has famously said,
“There’s no reason to have a Plan B because it distracts you from Plan A.”
But Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn, would disagree with this.
In his book “The Start-Up of You,” Hoffman explains that it’s not having a plan B that motivates you to take on risks and go for your dreams, but it’s knowing that you have a plan B to fall back on that allows you to take on risks more confidently. This is what researchers call having a “secure base.”
“In business and life, you always want to keep playing the game. If failure means you end up on the street, that’s unacceptable failure.”
This is why you need a strategy, not a plan because a strategy is basically just multiple backup plans for when your original plan fails, which it will.
If your plan A doesn’t work out, it’s okay because you have a plan B to fall back on, and then a plan C, and then a plan D and so on.
In the long term, only strategies last.
As Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”