In my opinion you should always have a good solid Plan A, something that virtually assures you of success. But, having a Plan B, Plan C, etc. is imperative! Something will always go wrong and you must plan for those things to go wrong.
“I tell this story to illustrate the truth of the statement I heard long ago in the Army: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. There is a very great distinction because when you are planning for an emergency you must start with this one thing: the very definition of ‘emergency’ is that it is unexpected, therefore it is not going to happen the way you are planning.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957
So, does that make sense to you?
I just said have a Plan A – Plan D and now you are hearing a former President say that plans are “worthless.” Yup, I totally agree with Ike! So what do you learn as you come up with that primary plan and the multiple alternatives? Exactly! You learn what can happen and what you can do to deal with it. It is the planning where you do the most learning learning and preparing to handle any emergency.