In reality considering that the majority of people have neither a plan to achieve a specific goal nor the discipline or desire to follow through and overcome all the challenges, it may be best for most people to follow conventional wisdom...
Go to school and get good grades so you can get a good job, make a living, and retire at 65. Or in other words, instead of having bigger goals and aspirations, lower your expectations and become part of someone else's plan... someone who has bigger goals and aspirations. Let yourself be used as the leverage that makes someone else wealthy. Let them make $100/hour off your efforts and pay you $25/hour or make $1,000/hour off your efforts and pay you $250/hour. What's the difference?
Let's wake up.You'd have to be nuts to be content that someone pays you 25% of what you're worth, wouldn't you? If that's conventional wisdom, I don't want the person who came up with that crappy plan anywhere near me. Or anyone who follows it for that matter.
Conventional wisdom is a success inhibitor. Have you ever wondered why many young children have high expectations for the future but by the time they are teenagers they've lowered their expectations due to years of exposure to conventional wisdom?
I wonder, how many big dreams have been crushed by conventional wisdom? How many children had big dreams of being doctors, lawyers, actors, musicians, pro sports stars, entrepreneurs, or whatever else they dreamed of being only to be told by their parents, relatives, teachers, etc. how difficult it would be to succeed and dash their dreams? So these kids lower their expectations based on advice from unsuccessful people.
Conventional wisdom might be good for the masses but is it good for you? That's for you to decide but it's not good for me. I think conventional wisdom sucks.
Look at the facts. A high school basketball coach cut a sophomore named Michael Jordan. Hollywood agents told Clint Eastwood he didn't have the looks to make it as an actor. And many record producers passed on the opportunity to sign Elvis to a recording contract. But did these icons quit thinking at least they had tried. Not a chance. None of them followed conventional wisdom. They saw these setbacks for what they were: hurdles to be overcome. These three are superstars because they didn't believe the idiots who told them they weren't good enough. And you shouldn't listen to them either.
A large number of successful people eschew conventional wisdom. How many people with the potential to succeed like Michael Jordan, Clint Eastwood, or Elvis have had their hopes dashed by conventional wisdom? Sadly, we'll never know.
Fortunately, it's never too late to succeed. Regardless of your age, it's never too late to dream your ideal life and make it a reality. Are you letting conventional wisdom hold you back?