Why I Swapped Planning for Pragmatism, and how it both hurt and healed me.

Daniel Lyddon
Dec 5, 2021 · 8 min read

I’ve always been a planner, especially when it comes to my working life. From an early age, I knew what I wanted to do in life. I knew I wanted to write for a living. I dreamed, and planned, and set goals to achieve in order to pursue my dream career.

At age 11, when moving up from primary school to secondary, my year group was streamed…