Life is a series of experiments
Nothing is certain. There is no repeatable, reliable formula for innovation and excellence. For those who want to live in an expansive universe, who refuse to live under the load of imposed constraints, life will never be neat, tidy and predictable.
To move ahead, you have to try new things. You have to take test drives. You have to talk with those in the situations where you think you want to be, and figure out the pros and cons of your next moves.
To move ahead, it is up to you to dive in, test the waters, and create order within chaos. The alternative is to live within a shrinking universe, to accept imposed constraints, and see the walls close in.
Are you experimenting, or letting the walls close in?