Unfortunately, there are very few instances in life where we get to see the whole picture before we take that first step. It feels counter-intuitive to my teacherly organized brain - as I tend to picture where I need my students to be at the end of a project, unit, or even the school year, and then put things in place to ensure their success along the way (backwards design for you fellow teachers.)
But that's not how life works. There's a quote somewhere that says something along the lines of in school you get the lesson before the test, but in life you get the test before the lesson. That's how I feel about a lot of things. Which is why I wish I could order the WHOLE manual before moving forward in life!