Finger post

There are lucky breaks – and you can live in hope for one of those – but there are no short cuts. You have to put in the time, work through the issues, respect the problems, learn on the hoof, show your grit.

But that doesn’t mean you have to go around the houses. There’s no reason to spend years learning the landscape from every angle. There are maps, finger posts and guides who’ll help. Late for the wedding, you’d ask for directions. The fastest, safest, most direct route?

If you’re more interested in the journey or not sure of the destination, around the houses is fine; it’s an adventure. The rest of the time, better to ask for directions.

Skippy strategy: When you come to the junction and aren’t quite sure, wind the window down and get some help.