Stanford commence speech a line from that speech
“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other peoples thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opines drown out your own inner voice.”
Drifting, without aim or purpose, is the first cause of failure.
Without a game plan for your life, it is easier to follow the course of least resistance, to go with the flow, to drift with the current with no particular destination in mind. This is the noise that bombards you on a hourly basis.
Having a definite plan for your life greatly simplifies the process of making hundreds of daily decisions that affect your ultimate success. When you know where you want to go, you can quickly decide if your actions are moving you toward your goal or away from it. When things happen, ask yourself what path these are on. Without definite, precise goals and a plan for their achievement, each decision must be considered in a vacuum. Added to that kind of thought pattern and your mission statement a definiteness of purpose emerges. This provides context and allows you to relate specific actions to your overall life plan