What is the right level of detail in life planning? For short, medium, or the long term, would they be time parameters or sequential goals? Planning your future is a good exercise and, I would advocate, a necessity. I have enjoyed some fantastic opportunities that just came along, but certainly wouldn’t have happened if I were spending all day reading in a park. Planning, as precisely as possible, to put yourself in the position to encounter opportunity is the limit of optimal planning. I hear tons of 20/20 hindsights saying "make sure you’re in a nascent industry of high growth..." or "hone skills that are in demand, where you’ll stand out..." and I feel that advice is barely a place to start. I strongly believe in starting with those baselines, assessing yourself, skills and resources, and then making decisions to enhance your odds proactively and be more intentional about creating your own luck.