Part 2 Chapter 6

Part 2 Chapter 6

If One Does Not Know to Which Port One is Sailing, no Wind is Favourable 


Seneca, the Roman philosopher said it nearly 2,000 years ago – ‘If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.

Alice says it in Alice in Wonderland:

‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.’
‘I don’t much care where –’
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.’

My company’s name, ETP is taken from the phrase ‘eyes on the prize’.  We were trying to emphasise that, for your project to succeed, you need to know precisely where you’re heading.

Many people have said it in many different ways but it remains as true now as when Seneca first uttered it.  And I guess we can assume he wasn’t the first.  I’m sure some cavewoman pointed it out to some bloke when he returned empty handed to a hungry family, having failed to catch the woolly mammoth, but talking instead about what an interesting trip he and his fellow hunters had had and how brave they had been.

In the next chapters we talk about exactly how to do it, but the issue is vital enough to have a chapter by itself.  Repeat after me – ‘If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.’

Write it out a hundred times.

Don’t forget it.