In business, as in religion, do as I say, don’t say as I do. If a real business person in a discretionary environment does as they’re expected to do, if they are predictable with strategy and tactics according to rules no one else follows, it is their unhealthy competitors who choose when their journey ends.
It depends where you are and what you’re doing, or trying to do. If it’s non-profit in Africa, less spread out over long time-frames in an appropriate structure is more, if it’s emerging markets for profit, it’s not so much the amount as the cost of money that’s critical, in a longer term, structured and aims driven framework.
You’d think that everyone would end up working in what they’re best at, but that is the exception rather than the rule. If you knew your self, you’d know what you’re best at, but know yourself isn’t like knowing me knowing you. So start with self-discipline, patience, flexibility and hope, and see where that takes you.