When you start playing soccer, it is natural to make the assumption that the only thing you need to do is to move the ball forward.
Observe a group playing soccer in a park and you’ll see a few folks early in the learning curve who do the same thing every time they get the ball – kick it forward.
It is as predictable as it is ineffective because the path forward is rarely linear.
Over time, you learn to press pause on that instinct and learn to move the ball sideways or backward as part of eventually making forward progress.
Much like life.