Source: Quote Investigator
Published: November 2017
Plans are worthless, but planning is everything
Military leaders are disciplined, methodical, unyielding. Why, then, did World War II commander and 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower say,
“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything”?
General Eisenhower knew that rigid, premade plans were often useless in conflict. It is the practice of developing plans, and backup plans, and exploring all the options that is of greatest value.
It’s not the plan itself, but the act of planning that lets you choose the best way forward on an unpredictable path.