When I was younger I used to play chess. Well, actually tried, because I was bad. I rarely won… At least at the beginning.
The problem was that I always focused on the next move. Sometimes it turned out well, sometimes it didn’t.
It was like flipping a coin. I couldn’t change my luck because I couldn’t see farther than the next move. As the chess grandmaster Capablanca would say, I didn’t study the end game:
“To succeed, start the end game before everything else. For whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and opening must be studied in relation to the end game.” — José Raúl Capablanca
It was when I studied the end game—and didn’t just focus on the next move—when I became a bit better at chess.
And that’s how almost everything in life works. First, you figure out how you’d like the game to end. Then, only then, you focus on your next move based on that ‘vision’.
Maybe that’s the reason many startups don’t take off.