Dreaming is nice. Planning is better. But in the end, action is the only thing that counts.
The most effective people are the ones who understand that and routinely, without fail, take action. They don’t waste energy on what they should do or what they can’t do– they focus on what’s necessary and make it certain to happen; unavoidable.
This is not to say that for the enlightened few, “success” is inevitable. Perhaps better than anyone, they know it’s not. Elon Musk did not even believe Tesla would be successful. What he did know is that he would take action on it. Whether his electric car company would compete in the marketplace was far too big an outcome to determine with any kind of certainty. As an engineer, quite rationally, he didn’t think it had a good chance. And yet, he started.