If you are planning for one year, plant rice. If you are planning for ten years plant trees. If you are planning for 100 years plant people.
And even, if circumstances required, a contingency plan for his contingency plan's contingency plan.
Grand business plans are all very well, but nothing beats dipping your toe in the water.
The finest plans are always ruined by the littleness of those who ought to carry them out, for the Emperor can actually do nothing.
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
There are two ways to compete - in stable conditions, you plan and you compete on scale. In unstable times, you live by your wits.
Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions. It deals with the future of present decisions.
Growth is like creativity, it doesn't go along very neat, precise plans. You get clogged highways before you figure out a way to open up capacity. You get pollution before you figure out a way to fight it.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
It is a common fault of men not to reckon on storms in fair weather.
Today, if someone showed me a five-year plan, I'd toss out the pages detailing Years Three, Four, and Five as pure fantasy ... Anyone who thinks he or she can evaluate business conditions five years from now, flunks.
If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
The general who wins a battle makes many calculations ... here the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few to defeat.
Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.